Questions tagged [corruption]

Corruption is where a government official acts in their own interests, often over the interests of their position or country. Use to discuss confirmed corruption. If the corruption is unproven, or merely alleged, use the [scandal] tag as well.

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What is the status of former Brazilian president Michel Temer prosecution for corruption charges?

Michel Temer, former Brazilian president who took office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in August 2016, has since been investigated on accusations of corruption. In 2017, Brazil’s top anti-...
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What is the constitutional logic for a republic to have a sovereign immunity law?

Looking at this list, it seems like most sovereign immunity laws exist in countries with monarchies, which makes sense both historically (an artifact of the principle of rex non potest peccare); and ...
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Has Johnson's spokesman explained why he believes the Arcuri investigation was “a waste of police time”?

A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct has found no evidence that Boris Johnson's relationship with Jennifer Arcuri caused him to influence the payment of any sponsorship monies to Ms ...
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Why is Trump promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19?

As of this writing (2020-05-18) Trump has publicly recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure for COVID-19. In addition, he has publicly announced that he is taking it himself ...
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Are there any direct examples of wasta affecting the modern politics of Kuwait (2010s)?

I have just read about the idea of wasta, or: "using one’s connections and/or influence to get things done, including government transactions such as the quick renewal of a passport, waiving of ...
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Name of concept when an oppressed group itself becomes an oppressor

What would you call the effect when an oppressed group is finally acknowledged and given power, but then the group starts using this newly acquired power to oppress others or gets corrupted?
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How can I find policy recommendations as well as scholarly researches on the relationship of “conflict of interest” and “poverty reduction efforts”?

I want to find policy recommendations as well as scholarly researches on the relationship of "conflict of interest" and "poverty reduction efforts". It seems that there exists vast amount of ...
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Why isn't Lebanon able to fight corruption, although there's some honest judges (if we assume there is) [closed]

Many Lebanese are corrupt, if not all, and there're many corruption cases, where some politicians have their hand in it and there's evidence against them. What makes some honest judges stay silent, ...
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Has Trump managed to implement any of his anti-corruption (lobbying reform) campaign proposals?

In a 2016 article, the BBC noted some (four) proposals of then-candidate Trump: Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an "adviser" ...
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Which (subjective) measure of corruption is the best predictor for an outsider winning a major election?

There's a (somewhat vague) theory that once the electorate starts to believe the political system is corrupt, it is more likely to vote for an outsider (someone who hasn't had a long political career) ...
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What are the possible punishments for an impeached USA president?

In the United States of America, if the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against the sitting president, and the Senate finds the president to be guilty, what are the options to ...
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If India got independence in 1947, how come there were governments by Indians before then?

I was looking at many early politicians of India and wondered why some of them are listed as Prime Minister, Chief minister, etc. of certain Indian states, before 1947. But I read India received ...
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Are there some high profile cases of convictions for influence peddling in the UK?

According to Wikipedia, some countries have a more encompassing standard of a corrupt act compared to the US (which following McDonnell v US has tightened the definition of a corrupt act considerably),...
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Have (more) prior convictions for corruption been overturned following McDonnell v. United States?

Wikipedia notes: Chief Justice John Roberts authored the unanimous opinion. McDonnell's conviction was vacated on the grounds that the meaning of "official act" does not include merely ...
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Did Hillary Clinton call Tulsi Gabbard a “Russian asset”?

In a recent podcast, Hillary Clinton stated: "They are also going to do third party again. I'm not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the ...
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US politics: Why are Republicans more often reported to be corrupt, compared to Democrats? [closed]

This Wikipedia article could be interpreted to indicate that members of the Republican party, based solely on number of instances, are ~2.5x as likely to be corrupt than members of the Democrat party. ...
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Are there ANY examples of corruption in Ukraine where the USA has an actual stake?

Assuming that the USA does not want to take on the role of being the world's policeman for any corruption where ever it might occur, The US might legitimately be concerned about corruption (occurring ...
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What can the U.S. government do to prevent powerful people to get extremely favorable plea bargain deals like Jeff Epstein?

We know that Jeff Epstein got an extremely favorable plea bargain deal from the chief prosecutor. The media is now questioning if there was due process, or someone powerful got into the way of the due ...
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Why some politicians not reducing corruption even after they earned for their 100 generations? [closed]

I am from South India. I am always voting to politicians with the hope of they will take care of people after they win. Generally, politicians are earning money by involving in corruption, In some of ...
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Why isn't Austria's vice chancellor simply replaced instead of going for new elections?

According to Deutsche Welle, Austria's Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has announced that there will be new elections after the vice chancellor's involvement in the corruption scandal: Austrian ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians? [closed]

According to an article I read recently (I could not find it though), the easiest way to take down a big authority is by cutting the head - meaning the uppermost level of control of that authority - ...
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How is the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin risking 9000 jobs?

In the recently released tape the government was pressuring the attorney general not to prosecute SNC-Lavalin because of potential job loss and all that. The figure of 9000 jobs was mentioned at one ...
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Do freedom-of-information laws increase corruption?

That's the general conclusion of a 2007 study: It has been argued that greater transparency is needed to reduce corruption. One way of increasing transparency is through the adoption of Freedom ...
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What actions can the Attorney-General take to clean up corrupt practises between the media & politics in Israel?

According to Haaretz, the Israeli Attorney-General, Avichai Mendelblit, has filed a corruption charge against sitting prime-minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They say that this may include charges of ...
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What political factors are shared by countries that let oligarchs emerge during the transition from a communist country to a capitalist country?

The privatization of state assets from formerly communist countries is often riddled with corruption and leads to a small ruling cadre with extensive influence (see the example of Russian oligarchs). ...
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Do anti blasphemy laws increase corruption?

This asked why Islamic countries are more corrupt and the question was closed for "being too broad". Islamic countries tend to be non secular and they often have laws against "blasphemy". ...
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How is corruption thematically related to the ascension of a dictatorship?

I heard that some dictators, including Hitler, used the theme "we must end corruption" as a means to gain popularity and install their dictatorship more easily. Is this true? If so, what's the ...
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Why is the Egyptian government building a new capital instead of modernizing and fixing Cairo?

Egypt is building a new capital 45 km away from Cairo. Why is the Egyptian government building a new capital instead of modernizing and fixing Cairo? Is it because the government wants to embezzle ...
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What are some minimum indicators which tell us that a government is corrupt? [closed]

We often say that "country-X's government is corrupt". Transparency international's CPI tells us how corrupt a country is which doesn't have any official recognition as it is a non-government ...
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Were Rudy Giuliani's divergent opinions related to Romania's fighting against corruption clarified?

According to the Guardian Rudy Giuliani sent a rather strange letter to Romanian President about some fighting against corruption issues: In a letter to Romanian president Klaus Iohannis (..) ...
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Is anti-corruption initiative 'sometimes' detrimental to the economy? [closed]

Can it ever happen that an anti-corruption drive which leads to government action becomes detrimental to the economy? Is there any example?
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How can a president stamp out corruption?

How can a president stamp out corruption? So how are some societies more corrupt than others. Is it more a matter of cultural norms and what's acceptable in a culture? (as in Germans are famous for ...
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Are Romania's ruling coalition's gripes with the anti-corruption administration valid?

In Romania, the ruling coalition has convened large demonstrations decrying supposed over-reach or misconduct by the DNA - the national anti-corruption directorate. I've noticed claims such as: ...
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What type of corruption did Trump campaign against?

In conversation with a young person recently, I mentioned that Washington, DC, had a lot of corruption when I lived there, e.g. if you couldn't get a building permit on the up and up, you could get ...
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Why is Nicolas Sarkozy charged with corruption over suspected Kadhafi financing after five years?

According to this Independent article from the beginning of 2013, there were serious allegations against the former French President: Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas ...
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Corruption, efficiency and economic success of the Chinese government

Chinese Government is accused of massive corruption, some critics say that the censorship does not allow the revelation of corruption in China. How did the Communist Party of China from 1976 onwards ...
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How to better ensure no conflict with laws of the United States for a person wanting to run for public office [closed]

If the only qualifications to be eligible for the President of the United States of America is that of: Be a natural-born U.S. citizen Be at least 35 years old Have resided in the U.S. at least 14 ...
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What are the effects of the “Paradise papers”? [closed]

"Paradise papers" implicated nearly every country's ruling administration of having at-least one offshore bank account, to avoid taxation. What are the effects/results of this knowledge ?
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Why has Malta's perceived corruption grown so much recently?

One of the Panama Papers journalist was killed using a bomb in Malta: The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her ...
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What are the exact mechanisms of such form of corruption as 'state capture'?

I can't understand one thing. How is it possible to have a decisive impact on the contents of the legislative regulations that provide a regulatory framework for economic activities if these ...
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How was Silvio Berlusconi in power for a long time?

How was Silvio Berlusconi in power for 9 years and 54 days with all his corruption?
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What controls, organizations, or mitigations are there that limit or reduce bribery in politics and policing?

I'm trying to identify the key systematic components that prevent bribery in politics, policing, or legislation. What national, or ideally international, organizations exist that have some sphere of ...
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Outside of Iceland's PM, did the Panama Papers have any meaningful effect on high level politicians?

At the time of Panama Papers release, there were suggestions made by the press that it's a Big Deal and will lead to Great Changes in politics. The prime example they used was a nearly-instant fall ...
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Is there investigation into foreign influence on the 2016 electoral college?

My understanding is Hillary won the popular vote by around 2.8 million votes. She lost the Electoral vote.The American people wanted Hillary for President it appears..but the Electoral College voted ...
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What process needs to be followed by the President to fire the FBI Director?

So I'm seeing all the news flashes regarding F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump; I'm sure everyone is hearing about this now. I recall President Trump's campaign aids being under a counter-...
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Is it legal for a state government to pay legal fees of a minister allegedly involved in a corruption case?

In Kerala state of India, the previous government spent INR 35 lakhs (3.5 millions) as court/advocate/legal fees for a corruption case in which a minister was involved. The source of that fees is ...
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What happens if Trump committed treason? [duplicate]

According to the NYTimes post "There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air", Now the F.B.I. confirms that we have had an investigation underway for eight months into whether another presidential ...
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How does the European Union objectively assess the level of corruption within a certain country?

During a meeting with the Romanian Prime Minister, following anti-corruption weakening trials, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission said the following: I strongly ...
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Why do politicians make so much money? [closed]

Senators, ministers, presidents, .... all these people earn a lot of money, and not just during their work: when the president of the US leaves office, they will receive about 200.000 dollars annually ...
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Will the changes to the NSW ICAC reduce its effectiveness?

The NSW government is putting through changes to ICAC, they claim its to make it more effective but it can also look like its because ICAC has been too effective at finding problems with the party. ...