Political Corruption

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Political Corruption

What Is Political Corruption?

Political corruption refers to the use of power by government officials or their network of contacts for unauthorized or illegitimate personal gain.

What Are the Types of Political Corruption?

Political corruption can take several forms, including

Bribery – when a corrupt government official receives or agrees to receive money
or any other valuable item to grant illegal favours to someone.

Patronage – when the ruling party rewards families, groups, or ethnicities for their electoral support using illegal gifts or fraudulently awarded government contracts or appointments.

Nepotism and Cronyism – when corrupt government officials favour relatives or friends. This may be combined with bribery.

Voter Fraud – when government officials illegally interfere with the election process to influence election results. For instance, they might increase the votes of preferred candidates or decrease the votes of rival candidates.

Embezzlement – when government officials misuse the funds entrusted to them. In this form of corruption, the official might attain and possess the funds lawfully, but the funds are then used for unintended reasons.

Kickbacks – a form of corruption when a government official receives an illegal payment intended as compensation for giving preferential treatment or rendering any other kind of improper service. This kickback may be a gift, money, credit, or anything of value.

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