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Personalisation of power, neoliberalism and the production of corruption

Khair, Amal Hayati Ahmad; Haniffa, Roszaini; Hudaib, Mohammad; Karim, Mohamad Nazri Abd.


Amal Hayati Ahmad Khair

Roszaini Haniffa

Mohammad Hudaib

Mohamad Nazri Abd. Karim


© 2015. This paper utilises a political lens in considering the cause for the production of corruption and the role of political leadership. Specifically, the notion of personalisation of power as advocated by Slater (2003) is adopted to portray how the adoption of neoliberalism ideology by an aspiring autocratic leader results in the weakening of the infrastructural power through three strategies: packing, rigging and circumventing. We use Perwaja Steel as a case study to demonstrate the modus operandi of corruption in a state-owned enterprise in Malaysia.


Khair, A. H. A., Haniffa, R., Hudaib, M., & Karim, M. N. A. (2015). Personalisation of power, neoliberalism and the production of corruption. Accounting Forum, 39(3), 225-235.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 9, 2015
Publication Date 2015-09
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 29, 2016
Journal Accounting forum
Print ISSN 0155-9982
Electronic ISSN 1467-6303
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 225-235
Keywords Corruption, Neoliberalism, Personalisation of power, Perwaja steel, Crony capitalism, Malaysia
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Contract Date Sep 29, 2016


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