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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 any reform made at the World Bank to prevent a country for using its influence to pressure World Bank officials to alter its data?

China has tried over the past two decades to increase its influence over international institutions, including the IMF and the World Health Organization, and their policies. The changes made to the ...
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What were Iswaran's 9 dropped charges and why were they dropped?

In January 2024, Singaporean politician S. Iswaran resigned after being charged with corruption. The Straits Times (2024-01-18): [Iswaran's defence lawyer Davinder Singh] said cautioned statements ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra was recently designated as the French Minister of Education. She triggered a few controversies, the last one being that her son somehow bypassed the national system of selection ...
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When was the last time there was a large purge in the Chinese military?

China did not say why the previous defense minister, Li Shangfu, was removed from office in October after being absent from public view for two months. But U.S. officials say Li probably was caught up ...
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Is anyone held accountable when the Pentagon fails its audit?

Bloomberg reports that: The US Defense Department failed for the sixth consecutive year to score a clean financial audit, a goal routinely achieved annually by businesses that have a fraction of its $...
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Which Western democracy has the harshest punishments for corruption charges?

Xu Guojun, the head of a Bank of China branch in Southern China from 1993 to 2001, was convicted of embezzling 2.3 billion yuan ($325m; £255m). The case is the latest development in President Xi ...
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Is corruption viewed generally positive by officials in charge of asylum claims? [closed]

I have heard of and been involved in cases where people from authoritarian corrupt countries tried to seek asylum on such grounds, as they have a strong conviction that corruption is bad and they ...
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Is there any accountability for the money the US provides for the war in Ukraine?

While Zelensky is in the US asking for more funds to support the war in Ukraine I read on the media that there was some debate whether it is worth or not to keep funding them. I got the feeling that ...
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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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What is the best objective comparison of the level of corruption in Russia to other countries?

I am looking for the best objective source to compare corruption in Russia to other countries. The often cited Corruption Perceptions Index (as far as I can tell) is not objective since it is based on ...
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What is the reason that Russia is much richer even though they are corrupt at LDC-level? [closed]

LDC = Least Developed Country. Russia and Pakistan both sit at the bottom of the CPI's 2022 corruption perception index. Russia's position is 137/180. Russia also faces economic sanctions. However, ...
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Is there any practical way to bring the military generals under accountability in Pakistan?

A huge number of people in Pakistan see the military as the savior of the country. There is a popular opinion inside Pakistan that the Pakistan Military's dominance must exist as long as the Indian ...
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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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To what extent does a parliamentary system correlate with a decrease in corruption?

I have noticed that there seems to be a correlation between a country using parliamentary system and said country having a low level of corruption. Top 10 countries with lowest perceived corruption in ...
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What is the justification for allowing elected officials to accept money from corporations?

After reading this news article and this one I am perplexed. Admittedly, I'm no expert in politics. But in a free nation, where senators and representatives are elected to represent their ...
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What do countries do to ensure that R&D budget for science or technology in general coming from the government is spent effectively?

What do countries do to ensure that R&D budget for science or technology in general coming from the government is spent effectively? Often countries give a 1+ billion stimulus package for R&D ...
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Are there examples of grassroots-level corruption in the history of socialism/communism?

I have found an evidence of elite corruption: Finally, the project for socialism as the promise of plenty generated by the planning mechanisms of the all-people’s state terminated in elite corruption ...
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How can Pichay be president of the Philippine chess federation and sentenced to imprisonment re conviction of graft? [closed]

Edit: Quick clarification. I notice when people talk about why Wesley So left the Philippines to play for the US, people say it's about corruption in the Philippine government. Apparently maybe it's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can the Panama Papers land Argentinian President Macri in jail?

The Panama Papers, released on April 3rd 2016, listed the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. President Macri said that it was totally legal, but some argued that it was not ethical. Yesterday, he ...
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Why do politicians make so much money?

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 annually as a ...
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Why don't politicians decide to pass laws that make themselves really rich?

Why don't US politicians in the Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court decide to give themselves, say, 100 million dollars each? I understand that the politicians doing so wouldn't get ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Lokpal Act and Jan Lokpal Bill, what's the difference between these two bills?

What's the difference between the anti-corruption Lokpal Act and Jan Lokpal Bill in Indian Politics?
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What's my power to change government in a democratic society?

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