The Issue Of Political Corruption

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The issue of political corruption is as persistent as it is prevalent; that is to say, it exists ambiguously, politically, and in undefined terms. Generally, political corruption is understood to mean a breach of the public trust in the course of a politician’s duties (Huigens 2010). In any democracy that is truly ‘for the people by the people,’ it should be easy to weed out the corrupt politicians. That said, the corruption of any one politician does not always translate to a different election outcome and some electors may benefit from a corrupt representative (Ionescu 2013). This is because of the ambiguous and political environment in which political corruption occurs. Since politicians have the power to create laws, they do not willingly create laws that criminalize their actions. This has led for the expansion of ‘honest services mail fraud’ by the courts to include politicians’ actions (Huigens 2010). However, the courts have not always been consistent. Sometimes actions of the courts create strain on a politician such that they could not get elected without first getting corrupted (Issacharoff 2010). This process has the effect of shifting representatives’ power from the people to corporations (Evertsson 2013). Still, with a high profile enough case, a corrupt politician can be outrooted by the ballot box (Ionescu 2015). However, organizational deviance has a causal effect on relevant actors (Tatham 2016) especially when the issue is as widespread as Mr. Silver
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