Unprincipled Principals: Co‐opted Bureaucrats and Corruption in Ghana

@article{Brierley2020UnprincipledPC,
  title={Unprincipled Principals: Co‐opted Bureaucrats and Corruption in Ghana},
  author={Sarah Brierley},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2020},
  volume={64},
  pages={209-222}
}
  • S. Brierley
  • Published 6 January 2020
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