Friday, November 08, 2019
Corruption, big or small, impedes the socioeconomic development of nations. It affects economic activities, weakens institutions, interferes with democracy and erodes the public's trust in government officials, politicians and their neighbors.
Understanding the underlying psychology of bribery could be crucial to tackling the problem.
Troublingly, our studies suggest that mere exposure to corruption is corrupting.
Unless preventive measures are taken, dishonesty can spread stealthily and uninvited from person to person like a disease, eroding social norms and ethics"and once a culture of cheating and lying becomes entrenched, it can be difficult to dislodge.
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