Vol. 27, No. 3 (Fall
Secondary Corruption: The Concept of Political
Herbert H. Werlin
Various problems are presented with the standard definition
of corruption: "the misuse of public power for private benefits."
Consequently, an alternative definition is suggested: "the subversion
of statesmanship by partisanship" or "of governance by greed,"
using political elasticity theory. From this, a distinction
is made between primary and secondary corruption, based upon
the ability or inability to control manifestations of greed.
Case studies are then presented to illustrate this distinction.
Finally, suggestions are made for treating political illness,
which is caused by (or another name for) secondary corruption.