Political Corruption

Political corruption is generally defined to mean the misuse of public office for private gain.


An evocative example of political corruption would be a politician pocketing tax-payer money from the U.S. Treasury.


But political corruption takes many forms and is often subtler than this.


In addition to using a position in government to extract benefits from government revenue, a position in government may be used to extract benefits from the private sector.


Examples of this include soliciting payments from a business or industry in exchange for more favorable policy.


In addition to such economic improprieties, political corruption also includes social improprieties.


For example, using a position in public office to award family members (nepotism) or friends (cronyism) with a job in government would constitute political corruption.