Impact of Corruption and Infrastructure on each other

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Corruption’s impact on infrastructure, and vice versa, is centered around the sheer amount of government money involved in many infrastructure projects.  It’s relatively easy for people involved in a project to corrupt the process in a variety of ways on many levels:  city councilmen and mayors taking bribes to award street, sewer, and water contracts; Congressmen authorizing “bridges to nowhere” and other extremely low ROI projects; administrators over-charging for construction materials and siphoning off the excess; contractors actively stealing materials and selling them off for personal profit; the list is endlessly varied, and it happens far more often than we’d like.

Not only does this put excess pressure on government budgets to make up corruption-caused shortfalls in project budgets, but it frequently results in infrastructure that is poorly-made, which in turn results in a shorter working life and the occasional catastrophic failure.  In short, corruption diverts essential funds and results in poorly thought out and shoddily-built systems; together, these greatly aggravate the problem of maintaining our national infrastructure.

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