Poli. 271 Notes 2

Poli. 271 Notes 2 - Understanding Corruption Themes to...

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Understanding Corruption: Themes to consider Corruption to a republican: A lack of commitment to the public good Exclusive regimes (autocracy, oligarchy) Low possibilities of liberty, high possibilities of corruption Power makes people stupid The challenges of freedom: the corrupting legacy of autocracy The Dangers of Corruption Good Civic Culture Attentiveness, engagement, independence, distinctions of merit, Good judgment, reflective leadership, critical self-awareness, openness to change Corrupt political culture Ignorance, passivity, dependence, material inequalities, poor judgment, pandering leadership, distorted self-assessment, resistance to reform Corrupted exclusive regimes are easier to rectify than corrupted democracies Exclusive regimes Low possibilities of liberty, high possibilities of corruption, low difficulty of reform Inclusive regimes Very high possibilities of liberty, very low possibilities of corruption, almost impossible to reform Making sense of Machiavelli Central Issues:
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