Article from ROAPE Volume 9 Number 24
Political Graft and Spoils System in Zambia

Political Graft and the Spoils System in Zambia - the State as a Resource in Itself
Vol.9 No.24 (Summer 1982), pp4-21
This article traces a number of cases of graft in Zambia to show the importance of this practice within the political system. Graft is treated as one element of a spoils system through which clientelism operates and through which, more generally, the state is used as a resource for private ends. Graft and patronage are shown to have negative consequences for the state through undermining efficiency and legitimacy and displacing policy ends. But perhaps most important it is argued that graft ultimately involves a transfer of wealth between classes and more specifically is an important factor in the growth of an indigenous owning class.