Resisting institutionalized corruption: The case of public audit in Nigeria
Source of Publication
Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
In a highly corrupt environment such as Nigeria, accounting practices have been permeated by corruption in the wider society. As such, several studies on the relationship between accounting and corruption have unveiled a symbiotic association between accountants and corruption. Contrary to this popular viewpoint, this study shows that there are instances of resistance to corruption by accountants in such environments. This study adopts a multiple case study approach. We used two case studies to demonstrate the consistency of the Auditors-General for the Federation (AuGFs) in resisting institutionalized corruption and one case study to show that AuGFs’ resistance is not commonplace in Nigeria. Data were gathered from interviews, videos, and documents. We found that AuGFs resist corruption through the disclosure of accounting irregularities in their audit reports despite the severe consequences associated with exposing corrupt practices in Nigeria. However, they hide this resistance through a number of strategies to sustain the resistance and avert possible repercussions of corruption disclosure. Prior studies of accounting and corruption in developing countries often find accountants enabling corrupt practices through their silence or through active participation in such practices. However, this study shows how accountants also resist corruption in a highly corrupt developing country, which is rare in the literature.
Auditor-General for the Federation, Corruption, Logic of resistance, Nigeria, Public audit
Abdul-Baki, Zayyad; Diab, Ahmed; and Kadir, Abdulraheem Olayiwola, "Resisting institutionalized corruption: The case of public audit in Nigeria" (2022). All Works. 5534.
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