Impact of the Economy on Corruption

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Corruption increases during economic bad times; it’s simply too cost-effective to spend money on government officials these days, and hard times make rich and powerful people desperate enough that they lose what scruples they might have about bending the rules.  The rich and powerful aren’t the only ones who try to manipulate the governmental levers in dire times, though – any organized and vocal population in the US can get their own provisions added to Congress’ to-do list, provided they don’t conflict with too many other interests.

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