Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Obi N. I. Ebbe
The shock waves created by the corrupt activities of some politicians in recent years have stormed many nations. Political corruption is a worldwide problem that has existed from time immemorial. The contemporary capitalist mode of production and the liberated media, however, have made it a manifest social, economic, and political pathology. Politics is a struggle for power and authority. Unmistakably, this struggle is the offspring of corruption, and power cannot be realized without money. Therefore, the politician, like the Mafia, wants money for the power it can buy. In this vein, it is difficult for most people to wield power with equity and moderation. The desire to rule and the exercise of authority teach fraud and violence; power is an agent of corruption (Ebbe 1990). Because absolute power corrupts absolutely, the monarchies of yesteryear, to safeguard their thrones, ordered the assassination, execution, or exile of their citizens in the name ...