Corruption (political or commercial)

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Corruption, in the sense used here, is the systematic soliciting or offering of money or other inducements in order to influence decisions.

Corruption where there is a direct link between a specific bribe and a specific decision is technically illegal in most countries, though the law is flagrantly flouted in some of them. Less direct links, for instance where donations are given to political parties in a general expectation of future favours, tend not to be stigmatised.