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Corruption in Libya and its Newly Found Democracy

Corruption has been deemed a complex and plaguing global phenomenon both in the past and present. It is evident in both developed and underdeveloped Nations at different levels. However, it finds its most promising ground in countries withered by war and political strife. Libya has been struggling with this social phenomenon for quite some time. This research project will examine how corruption affects the post-Qaddafi Libyan society as well as how corruption has played a vital role in the recent problem of migrant smuggling and trafficking into the country. The research will examine the dimensions of political, economic and social corruption within the Libyan context. In addition, the level of corruption in comparison to its neighbored countries will also be investigated. The widespread effects that corruption has had on society will be examined from both a political, social and economic perspective. The paper will also present recommendations on ways to reduce corruption and bad governance. The evidence will suggest that Libya ought to make efforts to implement a stable law and order system in order to eradicate smugglers’ power, which in turn is directly related to the threat of corruption. The thesis concludes that Libya is in a very poor state due to the high negative impact of corruption and that the power of smugglers and armed groups needs to be reduced in the country. This study is based on qualitative research, including interviews with experts, literature reviews and statistical data.