Public Corruption and Its Effect, Including the Term Paper

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public corruption and its effect, including the claim that public corruption in an unavoidable side effect of development. Corruption in public service can be an ongoing concern in many areas. Corruption can lead to disorder, lack of trust in police or other public entities, and to ongoing problems with morale and citizen support. There is an argument that in countries with high levels of corruption, it has some benefit, but that is difficult to accept, as corruption only benefits those who participate in it, and it definitely does not benefit the general population.

The Transparency International Web site defines corruption as "Corruption is operationally defined as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain" (Editors, 2009). They go on to state that public servants (including criminal justice professionals), have a duty to remain above corruption. They note, "It is the duty of civil servants, managers and trustees to act visibly, predictably and understandably" (Editors, 2009). Corruption is a major problem in many developing countries, and it is certainly not a benefit to their development or stability. The TI Web site goes on to say, "It [corruption] has dire global consequences, trapping millions in poverty and misery, while breeding social, economic and political unrest. Corruption is both a cause of poverty, and a barrier to overcoming it" (Editors, 2009). In addition, a corruption expert notes, "Corruption can be a major obstacle in the process of economic development and in modernizing a country" (Myint, 2000, p. 34). Thus, those who argue that corruption has some kind of "benefit" in societies where it is prevalent are simply ignoring the facts. Corruption keeps a country backward and inefficient, and leaves a large segment of the population without the means to gain employment or income, since they do not have the means to participate in widespread corruption practices. They have no hope, and a country with a population without hope is on the brink of disaster.

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Editors. (2009). Corruption FAQs. Retrieved 10 August 2009 from the Transparency International Web site:

Myint, U. (2000). Corruption: causes, consequences, and cures. Asia-Pacific Development Journal. 7 (2). 33-58.

Spector, B.I. (Ed.). (2005). Fighting corruption in developing countries: Strategies and analysis. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.

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