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A “Recursive Framework” of Corruption and Development: Comparison between Economic and Sustainable outcomes

Forson, Joseph Ato (2014): A “Recursive Framework” of Corruption and Development: Comparison between Economic and Sustainable outcomes. Published in: World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development , Vol. 12, No. 4 (18 August 2016): pp. 281-306.

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a conceptual framework on the relationship between corruption and development. The paper demonstrates how the impact of corruption on economic development (ED) might vary substantially from sustainable development (SD). A combination of literature-based analysis was employed by considering concepts from corruption and development. A synthesis of these two concepts leads to the development of the conceptual framework. The findings shows that corruption originates from three main sources, and that the effect of corruption on development might differ depending on how it is conceptualized, but the spate of corruption is contingent on institutional quality and gains in previous development trajectory. Relating the concept of corruption and sustainable development and linking it to theories of development brings a sense of novelty. This paper has in its essence contributed to the conceptualization of the relationship between corruption and development which will help deepen understanding on this contentious subject. The framework will help to improve theory, research and practice in development studies and allied fields.

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