How corruption hampers enforcement of environmental regulations: Case of South African fisheries

Aksel Sundström of Quality of Government Institute has this interesting paper on South African fisheries.

The study reflects on both common pool resources management (Ostrom) and Corruption:

Few studies have explored on the micro-level why corruption hampers environmental regulations. The relationship between corruption and regulatory compliance is here investigated through confi-dential in-depth interviews with South African small-scale fishermen. Respondents describe how the expected behavior of inspectors and other resource users to ask for or accept bribes are vital in their compliance decisions. The interviews also shed some light on the puzzling role of trust and trustworthiness of public officials. While resource users often knows inspectors personally – and uphold discretion necessary for bribery to continue – they depict them as dishonest and describe how corrupt acts decrease their trustworthiness. The findings from the South African case illustrate the importance of curbing both grand and petty corruption to increase the effectiveness of regula-tions in natural resource management.

The sample size chosen is small but shows how petty corruption becomes grand and leads to erosion of common resource management.

We see this all over in India…


One Response to “How corruption hampers enforcement of environmental regulations: Case of South African fisheries”

  1. Moral Dimensions of the Commons | Sustainability Ethics Says:

    […] How corruption hampers enforcement of environmental regulations: Case of South African fisheries ( Rate this:Share:TwitterFacebookLinkedInEmailMoreRedditStumbleUponDiggPrintTumblrPinterestLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. September 25, 2012 by Thomas P Seager Categories: by Thomas P Seager | Tags: Carnegie-Mellon University, Common-pool resource, Dan Ariely, Elinor Ostrom, Garrett Hardin, Tragedy of the Commons | Leave a comment […]

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