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Corruption is the abuse of public office for private gain. There are many forms of corruption. Politicians can sometimes steal money (theft or embezzlement), accept bribes, give bribes
* (i.e., for electoral support or support in the mass /campus media)*,
improperly coerce others,
give positions of power to friends and family without fairly seeking other applicants for those work (cronyism), or grant favours to friends and family (nepotism) such as buying services from them at inflated prices (graft). The least corrupt countries between 2012-2016 were Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
The Undermining of Democracy?
Ladies and gentlemen,
“In 1997 the new Labour prime minister, Tony Blair, swiftly got into hot water over whether there were connections between a £1 million donation his party had received from the boss of the Formula One motor-racing business, Bernie Ecclestone, and the subsequent exemption of Formula One from a ban on tobacco advertising which was being introduced at that time by the European Union.
More than a decade later, by which time Blair had stood down as prime minister, official documents were released showing that he had in fact instructed his ministers to seek a permanent exemption for Formula One.”
Democracy should not mean “the best politics and policy that a billionaire, a banker or a technology monopolist can buy” and such a phenomenon soon undermines democracy.
Despite this, corruption is rife in some universities and countries and sometimes local practices encourage it, such as paying minor officials below a wage on which they can live.
Corruption undermines democracy in a number of ways. It distorts public priorities, by channelling investment into projects where the rewards of corruption are largest and easiest to conceal.
It breaches the trust between the people and their elected politicians. And it undermines confidence that the electoral process can be used to change people’s lives for the better, rather than feather the nests of those elected.
Corruption is much more prevalent in developing than developed countries, partly because of limited economic opportunities and inadequate salaries, and partly because of the absence of a strong culture of public service and public interest. However, it is also colluded in by businesses in the developed world, in their eagerness to secure lucrative contracts abroad.
Corruption is just one challenge facing democracies, Democracy faces challenges from every level of society.
These must be continually resisted on every front. The media sometimes hide behind some politicians to produce fake news reports and act as manipulative “lobby groups” to influence policy-makers.
Big media companies have far too much power sometimes running campaigns as part of political deals with various parties and damaging democracy in the process.
Voters themselves needs to be educated and well-informed in order to vote wisely but they do not do so, often voting on short-term and shallow issues that are not in their own long-term interests making some worry if democracy at all can continue to function. Many democracies witness a continual decline in the numbers of people who bother to pay any interest in politics, let alone to vote.
A constant threat is the ‘majority rules’ impule, that can lead to the ‘tyranny of the majority’ or ‘mob rule’ situations in which outisders and minorities become unfiarly persecuted.
There are problems with student and partisan politicians as well as political parties and governments. Short-term policies such as increasing spending keep governments in power whereas wiser, long-term policies are less popular with voters. Highly motivated student activists can exert undue pressure on governments. Dictators, bigots, fascists and separatists can all be voted in along the same lines as anyone else.
Finally, politicians themselves are sometimes corrupt. In short, *constant vigilence * is required to prevent “democracy´s own weaknesses leading to disaster and a system of balances and checks must be maintained, to ensure that the democratic system is not going astray.
We believe that university men and women must sacrifice their time and be involved in the achievement of every noble objective. The loftier the objective,the greater the sacrifice. It is only those who are prepared for that sacrifice who deserve the fruit of success.
Ulzen Jacobs Ulzen
Executive Director-KSA
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