Janine R. Wedel | The venal roots of political turmoil5 min read 31 Dec 2017, 11:14 PM IST
Corruption is not just about graft or illicit transactions. It also includes legal violations of the public trust, often committed by 'shadow elites' who assume a tangle of roles in the public and private sectors, sometimes simultaneously, says Janine R. Wedel
In 2017, corruption became a byword for politics on almost every continent, framing government action in countries as different as China, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil. Corruption and its attendant scandals toppled presidents and prime ministers, cut down political opposition leaders, and fuelled “populist" revolts worldwide. Without accounting for systemic official misconduct, our current era of political turbulence simply doesn’t make sense.
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