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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 are the end cases of the Rafale controversy? [closed]

Every day Rahul Gandhi keeps making allegations and BJP leaders keep giving unsatisfactory answers. The facts that are undisputed are: There was an earlier (unofficial) deal of the UPA government ...
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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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Why is it so hard to hold police officers accountable for their misconduct? [closed]

This is a question of principles. I am assuming that most people agree that receiving justice when you are the victim of police misconduct is much harder than if you are the victim of your neighbor. ...
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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. ...
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What are the changes being made to the NSW ICAC (Independent commission against corruption)

There are some apparently controversial changes being made to ICAC(https://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/) in New South Wales there is more comment about the motivations than the substance what are the changes ...
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Clinton Foundation Foreign Donations and Article 1 Section 9

Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution bans foreign pay for U.S. officials. The Washington Post reported (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/foreign-governments-gave-millions-to-...
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Why does the USDA handle the food pyramid?

It seems weird to me that the Department of Agriculture administers the food pyramid. They have close ties to the food production industry, so it seems like they would have incentives to set nutrition ...
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Do donations to the Clinton Foundation in any way shape or form translate into some form of personally accessible wealth gained by the Clintons?

I'm watching Clinton Cash right now, and this may be explained at some point in the future in this documentary, but I'm the type of person that likes to ask questions and understand principles and ...
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What's my change power in a democratic society?

How can I, even in a small way, can fight against politicians who vote for the growth of their own wage or even the corruption? It seems we're in a well organized society and that everybody is being ...
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Why has the perception of corruption in China increased suddenly?

Source of Data. This is the compilation of data from Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index. This chart shows that in 2014, China suddenly plunged to 100th position. On the other ...
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How to rebuild a broken state?

Afghanistan (CPI index of 172/174) or Somalia (CPI Index of 174/174). These countries are the most corrupt countries in the world (according to the 2014 Corruption Perspectives Index). According to ...
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Would shorter election cycles bring cleaner and better politics?

In the Czech Republic it is estimated that about 10% of the governmental expenses are lost as cost of corruption (I think the source is Transparency International, but I can not find it now). This ...
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Is there any research relating to reform and corruption in local and small scale authorities?

I am looking for solid evidence led input on the topic of reforming and reducing corruption (or the appearance thereof) in local authorities. Ideally this would be based in the UK as this is where the ...
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When, and how, are votes likely to be “bought?”

My understanding is that votes are more likely to be bought (all other things equal) under the following two conditions: Apathy. Voters don't know, or care, who the choices are. This is not a ...
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In what way do revolving-doors result in conflicts of interest?

If a CEO of a major investment banking firm becomes Treasury Secretary or if a lobbyist for said company becomes Chief of Staff of the Treasury Secretary, in what way can this result in conflicts of ...
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Why do comparable states differ in corruption?

Given the 2012 Corruption Perception Index from Transparency International, why do states commonly considered equivalent in terms of geo-political or economic situation vary in terms of perceived ...
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The “Slippery Slope”: how slippery is it?

The "slippery slope" is an argument, considered by some as legitimate, and others as imaginary, that suggests once a law or attitude sets a precedent, it will more easily/ inevitably be corrupted or ...
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Is there any possibility to have a democracy inherently discourage lobbying?

Can a democratic system be structured in a way that doesn't rely on ethics or brute-force, police-state-esque measures to disable lobbying? Is there a way to inherently make lobbying unattractive/...
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How is corruption measured?

The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index was just published and according to it, Greece has the dubious honour of being the most corrupted member of the European Union. Naturally this stung a bit, and ...