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Title:Clean-Ups, Conditionality and Adjustment: Why Institutions Matter in Mozambique
Author:Harrison, Graham
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Mozambique
administrative reform
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056249908704396
Abstract:Concerns with corruption have recently moved up the agenda of Western agencies involved in sub-Saharan Africa. The World Bank has funded institutional reforms, and bilateral donors fund administrative reform programmes. There is a strong and explicit association between these efforts to reduce corruption, good governance and successful structural adjustment. Some political questions remain untouched, such as what institution, organization or social group should tackle corruption and why they should involve themselves in an anti-corruption strategy. This article discusses the case of Mozambique, focusing on one central aspect of administrative reform: the relationship between Western donors and creditors, the national government, and corruption. Donors have problematized corruption as part of Mozambique's political and economic liberalization. They wish to implement administrative reform in order to create a bureaucracy which will implement adjustment more effectively and without the blocking and distorting effects of corruption. In this context, the rhetoric of ownership provides the glue by which the World Bank's position as principal agent is removed onto the highest echelon's of the State's executive. The reality is more complex and marked by contradictions. The fracturing of State cohesion, incumbent upon the imposition of a diverse agenda from foreign sources, makes integrated administrative reform difficult. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.