Fostering Trust, Transparency, Satisfaction and Participation Amidst COVID-19 corruption: Does the Civil Society Matter? – Evidence from Ghana

Vincent Ekow Arkorful*, Nurudeen Abdul-Rahaman, Hidaya Sungjun Ibrahim, Vincent Ansah Arkorful

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has erupted corruption challenges across polities including Ghana. This situation has spurred anecdotal narratives underscoring a decline in citizens’ trust, transparency perceptions, satisfaction and participation in pandemic activism, and thus catapulted civil society discourses into prominence. Therefore, we investigate civil society imperativeness to trust, transparency, satisfaction and participation, whilst mitigating corruption. Results (n = 375) of structural equation modeling revealed the negative impact of corruption on trust, satisfaction and transparency. Whereas, trust and transparency were revealed to be significant to satisfaction and participation, the civil society’s efficacy was confirmed. Based on these, research and policy implications are proffered.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalPublic Organization Review
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Nov 2021

User-Defined Keywords

  • Corruption
  • COVID-19
  • Citizens and government
  • Civil society participation
  • Ghana

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