Critical Analysis of Corruption

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Critical Analysis of Corruption
Ricky A Price, Col U.S.A.F. (Ret)
Kaplan University Online

CJ340-02: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
Professor Kevin Stoehr
17 July 2012

Introduction Corruption is the use of entrusted authority for private gain. Corruption has two sides, the receiver and the giver. According to Myint (2000), both parties to corruption engage in the practice to gain from it and, therefore, both should be accounted for the practice. Corruption is vital barrier to the development of a country. The World Bank has identified it as the main stumbling block to developing countries to their development endeavors. The societal ill is most outspoken in the public
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No society has corruption generic to each member of the society. Corruption in a society is classified into three categories; it may be rare, widespread or systemic. In communities where corruption is rare, there are remarkably few incidences of it, which are usually, extremely difficult to identify. When it is widespread, it means that it occurs in large numbers, in the society, scandals abound in the society, and it is possible to identify the corrupt individuals in the society. If it is systemic, it means that it is inherent, for members of the society to receive certain services have to bribe the officials. Corruption as a cultural tradition does not suits only a few members of the society who practice it. When a government is termed as corrupt, this does not mean that all the officials in the government are corrupt, it is only some unscrupulous officials who are scandalous and painted an image that the government is corrupt and tainted its image. The same applies to culture as a determinant of the level of corruption in a society. When a certain community is termed to have a culture of corruption, such a postulation does not go to the finer details of the society to analyze its individual constituents. When a proper analysis of the mistaken corrupt culture in a society, it

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