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Corruption is where a government official acts in their own interests, often over the interests of their position or country.

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Was anyone in Orbán's circle reported w/ clear & convincing evidence to have engaged in compelling adverse interest w/ the anecdotal "carrot & stick"?

Has there been any cases where, say, a video recording or audio recording stood as manifest proof of anyone within Fidesz, people with close ties thereto, NER or his family to have offered the stick ...
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What are the commonalities among the top performers on Corruption Perception Index?

According to 2021 Corruption Perception Index produced by Transparency International, these are the top performers: Denmark Finland New Zealand Norway Singapore Sweden Switzerland Netherlands ...
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Why hadn't the west arrested Russian billionaires for corruption/money laundering prior to the Ukraine war?

According to US law they can arrest people for money laundering even if the money was laundered outside of the US. Here's Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's old statement: The West plays ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The US government is drowning in lobbyist that undermine the democratic power of the people in favor of wealthy corporations/oligarchs. My question is: are there any significantly successful policies ...
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Do the USA and France offer tax havens?

'Stolen assets of developing countries must be returned,' PM Imran tells UN panel Prime Minister Imran Khan called upon the international community to take steps to counter illicit flows of money, ...
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Which countries issue sanctions against individuals and/or companies involved in significant corruption?

US Department of State has a list of Corrupt and Undemocratic Actors Report that includes individuals and companies that are sanctioned by the US, namely not allowed to enter in the US: Foreign ...
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Questionable COVID-19 procurement outside the UK

There is an ongoing situation in the UK regarding the propriety of the procurement of some goods and services during the response to COVID-19. Conservative PPE contracts Michael Gove and VIP lane ...
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What makes politicians so wealthy during their tenure?

I find it curious that so many politicians leave office much more wealthy than they enter it. I read the question about why do politicians make so much money, but the answers focus on their salary of ...
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Any concrete information about Ukrainian reforms, necessary for NATO?

There was a NATO summit some days ago, in Brussels. It confirmed a decision towards Ukraine being a NATO member. Article 69 of the joint Communiqué defines specific steps Ukraine has to take in order ...
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Checks against corruption in Gaza, and their effectiveness

What checks to corruption (if any) are there to the Hamas regime in Gaza, and how effective are they? Related: Checks against corruption in the Palestinian Authority and their effectiveness
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Checks against corruption in the Palestinian Authority and their effectiveness

"Corruption, as defined by the World Bank, is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or ...
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Would the hypothetical Exxon call be illegal?

This BBC article quotes Trump suggesting he could quickly raise large amounts of campaign funds by offering things to CEOs. President Trump went on to describe a hypothetical conversation: "How ...
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Why is it possible for influential foreigners to commit frauds in their respective countries, flee to London, and live there safely for years?

Let us look at the following links: India's most wanted man Nirav Modi - accused of £1.5bn fraud - living openly in London Naresh Goyal deplaning: From Nirav to Mallya, why Indian businessmen flee to ...
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Is corruption the root cause Bangladesh is stranded in "developing nation" status?

Bangladesh has been stranded in "developing country" status for the last 50 years or so. Its HDI is also very low. Is corruption the root cause this country is stranded in a "developing ...
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What are “frugality rules”?

A total of 15,799 Chinese officials were punished in July for violating frugality rules, the top anti-graft body said on Thursday. https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2008285032/ What does the term &...
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Is the US President prohibited from receiving clothing as a gift? Why or why not?

This article from The Balance, while describing the personal benefits and responsibilities of the office of the presidency, says this about gifts of clothing: Presidents and their spouses cannot ...
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Is it illegal to insert someone to the Presidency through Vice President?

What would happen if a general election candidate enters the race with no actual intention of acting as President but rather with the intention of winning the election then immediately resigning, ...
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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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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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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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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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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?

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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