Fighting African Conflicts and Crimes: Which Governance Tools Matter?

International Journal of Social Economics, 43(5), pp. 466 – 485 (April, 2016).

24 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2014 Last revised: 28 Apr 2016

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 8, 2013

Abstract

Crimes and conflicts are seriously undermining African development. This article assesses the best governance tools in the fight against the scourges. The following findings are established. (1) Democracy, autocracy and voice & accountability have no significant negative correlations with crime. (2) The increasing relevance of government quality in the fight is as follows: regulation quality, government effectiveness, political stability, rule of law and corruption-control. (3) Corruption-control is the most effective mechanism in fighting crime (conflicts). The findings are significantly strong when controlling for age dependency, number of police (and security) officers, per capita economic prosperity, educational level and population density. Justifications for the edge of corruption-control (as the most effective governance tool) and policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Security; Governance; Conflicts; Crime; Africa

JEL Classification: F52; K42; O17; O55; P16

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Kodila-Tedika, Oasis, Fighting African Conflicts and Crimes: Which Governance Tools Matter? (January 8, 2013). International Journal of Social Economics, 43(5), pp. 466 – 485 (April, 2016). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2493327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2493327

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics ( email )

Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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