African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 382

Full Length Research Paper

Demystifying the concept of state or regulatory capture from a theoretical public economics perspective

Mulenga Chonzi Mulenga
  • Mulenga Chonzi Mulenga
  • Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia.
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James Nilesh Mulenga
  • James Nilesh Mulenga
  • Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mulungushi University, Kabwe, Zambia.
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  •  Received: 23 July 2018
  •  Accepted: 20 September 2018
  •  Published: 30 September 2018


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