A Study of Economic, Cultural and Political Causes of Police Corruption in Pakistan
AuthorMalik, M; Tariq Abbas, Q
Source TitlePolicing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice
PublisherOxford University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sMalik, Muhammad
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMalik, M. & Tariq Abbas, Q. (2020). A Study of Economic, Cultural and Political Causes of Police Corruption in Pakistan. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, pp.1-17. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paaa016.
Access StatusOpen Access
There is a dearth of studies on police corruption that have analysed the correlation of economic, cultural, and political causes of police corruption in Pakistan; therefore, the existing studies fail to provide such a holistic picture of the phenomenon. This article aims to fill the gap. It is claimed that police corruption in Pakistan is a politicized, institutionalized, and a legitimized phenomenon. The police force entrenched in a kinship-based patron–client social and political culture benefits the political elite to use the police force for controlling the electorate and political opponents. The policy reforms for curbing police corruption have failed and cannot be successful without a strong political will of the political elite. This is a qualitative study using a purposive sampling method. The article will be a useful reference for readers, including police officials who are interested in understanding why corruption could not be effectively prevented and may have some broader relevance to other South Asian countries.
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