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Title:A Users' Perspective on Corruption: SMEs in the hospitality sector in Kenya
Authors:Berg, P.v.d.
Noorderhaven, N.
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Political Science & Government
Enterprise - small
Abstract:Although the phenomenon of corruption has been studied intensively, most studies focus on causes and effects of corruption at the societal level. There is a dearth of studies looking at what corruption means to individual actors. This article investigates how managers of small and medium-sized enterprises in the hospitality industry in Lamu, Kenya engage in and cope with corruption. The findings suggest an approach that models corruption choices as rational individual decisions is likely to fall short, as corruption-related costs and benefits depend on group membership, which for some (but not for all) to a certain extent is a decision variable itself. The study shows that on the ground corruption is a complex phenomenon that can only be fully understood by taking the particularities of the social context into account. (ASC-documentation)