Young educated Ghanaians are more likely to report corruption to anti-corruption agencies if they are certain it will lead to suspects being apprehended. That’s the conclusion in “Cooperation With the Police Against Corruption”, a study published in the British Journal of Criminology, the official publication of the British Society of Criminology.
Dr Tankebe analysed survey data collected from 530 final year university of Ghana students in which he examined the factors that explained their willingness to report corrupt transactions to the police.
“Among all participants, cooperative intentions depended on perceptions of the certainty of apprehension for corrupt behaviour”, the study concluded.
It also found that the young educated Ghanaians studied imagined themselves to be reporting corruption to the authorities if they perceived that other citizens were similarly likely to report corruption to those authorities.