The Corruption Of Politics And Politics

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Good governance ensures that the priorities of the state conform within the public’s interests (Stapenhurst and Kpundeh, 1998, p. 492). At its core is the accountability of politicians to its constituents (Ibid.). Once accountability weakens in political institutions, corruption can take place (Lederman, Loayza and Soares, 2001, p. 1-2). Canada prides itself as one of the top countries with the least perceived level of public corruption (Transparency National, 2015; Atkinson, 2011, p. 448). Even with Canada’s good reputation, political corruption still continues to plague the system and takes the form of misuse in election finance and lobbying of interest groups (Atkinson and Mancuso, 1985, p. 462; Atkinson, 2011, p. 448). The definition of corruption helps understand whether or not a misuse in election finance and lobbying constitute as a corrupt act. A widely accepted definition of corruption is “the exercise of official powers without regard for the public interest” (Boisvert, Dent, and Quraishi, 2014, p. 8). According to politicians, advisers, and ethics officers, corruption deals with breaking specific contracts between public officers and the state (Atkinson, 2011, p. 447). Citizens, on the other hand, believe that corruption happens when there is a breakdown of trust between public officials and its citizens (Ibid.). Nevertheless, all definitions share a common characteristic: they are all used for personal gain (Atkinson and Mancuso, 1985, p. 464). Canada is seen
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