How the Colonial legacy frames state audit institutions in Benin that fail to curb corruption

Lassou, Philippe J C, Hopper, Trevor and Ntim, Collins (2020) How the Colonial legacy frames state audit institutions in Benin that fail to curb corruption. Critical Perspectives On Accounting. ISSN 1045-2354

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Supreme audit institutions are an important pillar of governance and government resource management, particularly for controlling corruption. Francophone African countries inherited these from their former colonial power, France, but their role and function are limited. This paper argues that this is partly a legacy of their colonial experience. It investigates the Chamber of Accounts in Benin, the country’s supreme audit institution, using the lenses of Ekeh (1975) two publics and legitimacy theory. Nonetheless, Ekeh’s theory needed extending to incorporate changes affecting governance after Benin’s independence. The amorality of political officials, accepted by much of Benin society, rendered the institution largely ineffective in controlling corruption. Nevertheless, civil society organizations, donors, and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have attempted to redress this. Politicians and government officials responded by engaging in symbolic compliance to meet stakeholders’ expectations. A separate audit institution – the General Inspectorate of State – was established under the sole control of the President to gain external legitimacy and retain donors’ budget support, whilst persistent corruption and rising poverty continue. Benin’s auditing institutions have become empty crates, which sometimes facilitate rather than control corruption.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Supreme audit institution, corruption, civic public, donors, Benin, Africa, accounting.
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Accounting and Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE7601 Telecommunication industry. Telegraph > HE7760 By region or country > HE8461 Africa
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > HJ9701 Public accounting. Auditing
J Political Science
Depositing User: Trevor Hopper
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 08:45
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 01:00

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