Public Corruption

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Kelly Monks
Anthony F. Scarpelli
Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
Unit 2 Critical Analysis Essay
May 1, 2011


Public corruption involves a breach of public trust and/or abuse of position by federal, state, or local officials and their private sector accomplices. By broad definition, a government official, whether elected, appointed or hired, may violate federal law when he/she asks for, demands, solicits, accepts, or agrees to receive anything of value in return for being influenced in their performance of their official duties( Myint, 2006). The majority of public corruption cases fall into one of five categories: legislative, judicial, regulatory, contractual, and law
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Sometimes politicians can be bought outright, they can often be persuaded to change their political party for a very large financial reward. To avoid having to be accountable to the members of the electorate, corrupt politicians have an many different incentives they can use to corrupt the elections, such as bribing the electorate with their own money and plotting to make the electoral process unfair for the voters. This very unjustly, and it creates a contempt for democracy and makes coups and other forms of dictatorship more attractive to many people which can lead to people loosing faith in their government. This can economically disastrous because it gives those in power the incentive and ability to continually create new laws and regulations as they choose to, which they can then exploit in order to extract bribes. How could gift-giving traditions be used by unscrupulous officials as a way to take advantage of people in the name of tradition? There is a lot of pressure on companies to bribe government officials in third world countries. Bribery of government officials also takes place in the United States, it is very rare and when found they are severely punished. Bribery happens with greater frequency
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