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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 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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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 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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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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