David Oladimeji Adisa, MA

MA Thesis

Understanding Corruption through Public Perception. A Case Study of Nigeria.

The Master Thesis explores the phenomenon of corruption in Nigeria by discussing the extent to which its public perception can advance valuable insights into the limits of theoretical approaches based on neo-patrimonialism. The M.A research argues that the application of the neo-patrimonialism theory for explaining corruption in Nigeria is limited to the extent to which the use of the theory has excluded the views of non-members of the Nigerian neo-patrimonial patron-client networks. It argues that the exclusion of this group in corruption analysis has led to the jaundiced understanding of the phenomenon, especially the view that the Nigerian society legitimates corruption. This research therefore makes an analysis of public perception of corruption in Nigeria, in order to correlate this with existing corruption analysis within the framework of the neo-patrimonial theory. The work examines perception of corruption by a selected group of online commenters and discussants in Nigeria. The data comes from comments and discussion texts on three high profile corruption cases handled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria.

David Oladimeji's studies in Basel was funded through the Kantonale Stipendienkommission and in his final semester by the the atDta Foundation – helping others to help themselves.