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Legislative kleptocracy in Nigeria: systems approach

Vasudev Das (Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Journal of Money Laundering Control

ISSN: 1368-5201

Article publication date: 8 May 2018




The purpose of this study is to explore legislative kleptocracy, specifically, budget padding, in Nigeria’s budding democracy, using systems thinking approach for a positive social change. Nigeria’s legislature is not free from the problem of kleptocracy inasmuch as some legislators have been charged with kleptocratic activities. The multifariousness of kleptocracy rooted in its differential coefficient in the Nigeria’s legislature does not underplay its sophistication.


In this qualitative analysis, the author generated data through a systematic analysis of documents.


The findings show that unexplored organismic factors or forces within the living being such as the inability of legislators to control their mind, low self-control, cheating propensity, identity crisis, etc., play vital roles in contributing to legislative kleptocracy.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation of the study is that it is not generalizable.

Practical implications

The practical implication of the study is that implementation of the study recommendations is pragmatic, cost-effective and time-effective, and it would ensure legislative transformation and mitigate kleptocracy.

Social implications

The social implication of the study is if the Nigerian legislature implements the recommendation(s) of the study, there will be a legislative positive social change because financial crimes would have been mitigated.


This study filled the lacuna in the financial crime literature because it is the first of its kind in the discipline, and hence its originality cannot be disputed.



Das, V. (2018), "Legislative kleptocracy in Nigeria: systems approach", Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 134-148.



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