Government corruption is most prevalent in the third world
Denouncing corruption in the third world is a good way to legitimize military
unconstitutional seizure of power
Nepotism and wealth accumulation very prevalent in parts of Africa: Ghana, Nigeria,
Guinea, and Burkina Faso
Military intervention tend to increase corruption in they oust “the fear of losing power
encourages politicians to accumulate wealth as most as they can while their stay in power
Even those militaries that avoid gross corruption get themselves cars and taxfunded
vacations and housing.
In short even militaries that got their power with noble intentions as time goes by they
tend to become corrupted
The Curse of Oil Wealth
Oil rich countries often achieve economic growth however economic growth is not
translated into the formation of a democratic system.
Large oil reserves seems to obstruct transition, however that is not to say that if you’re an
oilrich country then you absolutely cannot become a democratic country: Norway is oil
rich and one of the best democracies in the world.
Mostly oil rich countries in the Middle East and parts of Africa remain authoritarian
regardless of the fact that they have achieved high level of economic growth: Brunei,
Saudi Arabia, and Iran.
In such countries, nonliberal autocracies, most if not all of the oil revenue goes directly
to the government and the government is free to spend those revenues the way it want.
Because the government has so much revenue it often spends most it on its military,
secret services police and bureaucracy, this consolidates it presence and its ‘legitimacy’
Often major privatefirms are dependent on the government for credits and licenses, these
firms do not have an incentive to oppose the government.
Most of the middle class works in the government bureaucracy, receiving subsidized