Corruption and how it is increasingly becoming a political problem

This essay, although hopefully accessible to everyone, is the most thorough breakdown of the study and written for those who are already somewhat familiar with the problems of ideologically-motivated scholarship, radical skepticism and cultural constructivism. Introduction Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities. Scholarship based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established, if not fully dominant, within these fields, and their scholars increasingly bully students, administrators, and other departments into adhering to their worldview. This worldview is not scientific, and it is not rigorous.

Corruption and how it is increasingly becoming a political problem

Toggle display of website navigation Argument: December 26,3: During the 20th century, corruption helped Mexico attain the political stability that allowed it to achieve long periods of economic growth.

The resulting system was based on a simple transaction: Functionaries have long seen their positions as opportunities to make money. Some office holders were provided with nonpublic information that allowed personal gain, while in other cases their appointments facilitated outright robbery.

They were only prosecuted when they broke the golden rule — when they opposed the president or ceased to be perceived as loyal. There has been no distinction between political parties in these endeavors; the PRI, which was the only game in town for most of the 20th century, and the PAN have been equally implicated.

It was also a time when corruption served to secure loyalties throughout the political arena at virtually no cost in terms of popularity. Over the past five years, Mexico has thus lived through two contrasting processes.

All of these reforms were accomplished through graft, with votes that were duly purchased, while allowing favored economic and political actors to profit from access to privileged information. Both these processes went together.

The economic reforms were approved through an arrangement among the three major political parties. That agreement resulted in both PAN and the Democratic Revolutionary Party PRDthe two major opposition parties, losing their credibility, as they ended up being perceived by the public, most likely correctly, as having sold their principles — and their legislative votes — in order to benefit from the ancestral corruption of the PRI system.

All three parties are now seen to be one and the same, at least as far as corruption goes. Corruption has become the nodal leitmotif of Mexican politics, at least in rhetoric. And so the political class did recently pass anti-corruption legislation to please activists.

The new legislation creates the office of a special prosecutor for corruption charged with choosing and investigating cases of corruption.

Corruption and how it is increasingly becoming a political problem

Thus, at least in appearance, the law provides an opportunity to prosecute cases of corruption. In this sense, the Mexican political establishment no longer enjoys absolute freedom to misbehave, as can be gleaned from the fact that several governors have been jailed or are being prosecuted.

First, a special prosecutor has not yet been appointed. It does not aim to eliminate the causes of corruption, starting with the arbitrary and unchecked powers that government functionaries, at all levels of government, use to extort the public.

It also leaves too much power to decide what to investigate in the hands of appointed officials who are beholden to political bosses. The legal rules governing political institutions have always been defined in ambiguous and discretionary ways.

This gives politicians and prosecutors the power to unmercifully punish perfectly legitimate and adequate actions when they find it convenient. It also allows them to politicize corruption charges as they see fit. Charges of corruption have been used over the decades as a means to punish political enemies and maintain political discipline.

Precisely because corruption is so rampant, it has always been the easiest way for those in power in Mexico to attack and undermine their political enemies. The new fad in Mexico is for any political actor likely to be prosecuted to flee the country and then wait for a request for extradition; the extradition order is then negotiated so that the charges for which the extradited person can be prosecuted are minor.

It thus appears that he or she is being subjected to the full weight of the law. But once the headlines shift to a different matter, the person leaves jail, and the entire matter blows away. Most Mexicans have no access to the resources, benefits, or power of the political system — and, precisely for that reason, they are not much concerned with how it works.

The concerns and interests of the average Mexican instead revolve around the more basic things in life, such as safety, jobs, and income.


Those who assume that this, or a similar case of corruption, could unleash a political crisis that will lead to a reshuffling of the political order — of the sort that Brazil is currently experiencing — are bound to be disappointed. Back in the s, while Mexico was developing an extraordinary cadre of first rate economists and technocrats, Brazil concentrated on its justice system by developing a school of independent prosecutors.

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It is not by chance that Mexico has gone much further in reforming its economy while Brazil has made much more progress in developing an independent justice system. To be sure, elections these days are contested, and political parties alternate in government.

Corruption and how it is increasingly becoming a political problem

But the system carries on. The only solution is a new political regime, under new rules of the game — that is, a new constitution that would hold government officials accountable through checks and balances enforced by independent institutions.

Absent such a revolutionary change, specific legal reforms can address the symptoms of corruption or other social problems, such as drug activity.

The system itself, after all, is based on corruption.2. For a more pronounced enumeration of how corruption is expressed in the sports context, see Wolfgang Maennig, “Corruption in International Sports and How it May Be Combatted,” International Association of Sports Economists Working Papers, No.

, August Countries, political corruption and nepotism stand out as the main corruption risks in women is a continuous problem in Fiji. Fiji is a source fisheries in Pacific Island Countries are increasingly becoming a site for corruption (UNDP ).

Sep 16,  · The collective recognition of the challenges posed by endemic corruption has led to political upheaval and, in some cases, revolution as social groups disadvantaged by corruption demand accountability from .

Jun 18,  · Kenya has regrettably become a paradigm for what can happen when corruption becomes so ingrained in a nation that its security forces are unable to effectively protect its people.

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country, and the progressive awakening of an increasingly more critical citizenry make it necessary, in our view, to enact a series of substantial reforms aimed at fighting corruption if citizen trust in the political system and its representatives is ever to .

This problem is compounded because Congress increasingly lacks its own capacity to keep up. Organized interests collectively report $ billion a year in lobbying expenditures, and probably equally or greater amounts on non-reported lobbying-related activities.

The most active organizations are now hiring upwards of lobbyists to .

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