Immunity and Corruption


When I think seriously about the corruption that plagues our civic institutions, I can’t help but focus on those who have immunity to operate above the law, and those who are rewarded just enough to look the other way. Consequently, psychopathy becomes the default moral ideal for the young aspiring to be “successful.”  Does this apply only to Greece?  Of course it doesn’t.  Currently, the revelations regarding Greece’s corruption are providing the world with another universal mirror to reflect on.

An academic study by Karthik Reddy, Moritz Schularick, and Vasiliki Skreta provides original and systematic evidence that democracies whose politicians enjoy stronger immunity protection do, indeed, suffer from more corruption and poorer overall governance.  This paper has got me thinking.  Immunity begins a great conversation.

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