A procession of corruption scandals making the headlines around the world may be a good thing: they signal the public is less and less inclined to tolerate high-level graft. Yet despite the introduction of tough new legislation, the vast majority of corrupt officials, many of them in high office, get away with their crimes. Distasteful as it may sound to some, outsourcing the fight against corruption to private agencies may prove the most effective solution.
Predictions that Africa's largest economy may pull itself out of recession this year may be over-optimistic. Nigeria's failure to diversify beyond the oil sector during the good years has left the country ill-equipped to deal with the fall-out from the global downturn in energy prices.
The dynamic upheavals associated with globalization, technological developments in communication and information technology, and cultural disruptions have made it increasingly difficult for people to obtain meaningful work and establish a sense of stability in their lives. A key challenge for the year 2017 and beyond is to address the risks associated with precarious work and thereby provide the job and economic security that would enable the construction of orderly career narratives.
Introducing a special series on the future of work: what do zero-hours contracts and the rise of companies like Uber and Deliveroo mean for the economy and politics?
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