Is Corruption A World Issue?

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Introduction The purpose of this paper was to research a global issue which, from our opinion was affecting the world and divulge as much of that information as possible to be able to share with the class as well as make an informed monologue about said topic. My topic of choice is corruption. “A world Issue can be defined as a situation or problem that occurs on a global scale that has long lasting impacts and requires a complex solution” (World Issues class 2015-2016). Corruption definitely occurs on a global scale. Not all of these instances involve major cases where corporate officials dressed in suits sit around a table and plot how to embezzle funds, it is also when police officers are offered “tokens” or to put it out rightly bribes…show more content…
Most people aren’t even aware of the fact that corruption affects their country in a huge way. According to Theodore Roosevelt former president of America “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present ' or 'Not Guilty '.” This quote perfectly sums up what a majority of corruption is to many people, but only in a minor sense. While it is true that corruption runs rampant in politics, the focus on corruption also needs to be shifted to small scale corruption as well. What is Corruption? One of the most pervasive and ironic things about corruption is that is does not have a set definition. This is ironic because anything goes just like what happens in corruption. The most appropriate definition for this context would be it is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain (Transparency International). It affects anybody whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of those in places of authority that includes everyone from Policemen and Teachers to Government Officials and Company Executives. A more detailed definition as given by professor (emeritus) dr. Petrus van Duyne in 2001 stated that “Corruption is an improbity or decay in the decision-making process in which a decision-maker consents to deviate or demands deviation from the criterion which should rule his or her decision-making, in exchange for a reward or for the promise or
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