Although political corruption is often a consensual and ostensibly victimless crime in its appearance, it is one of the most socially harmful activities in a society, especially a democracy. It contributes to alienating citizens from political processes that are hijacked by well-connected interests. Arbitrariness and cronyism weaken the rule of law and ultimately diminish the legitimacy of the state through perversion of the democratic ideals of inclusion, equality, and participation.
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019. 5p.