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The more powerful people are, the more "moral hypocrisy" they have

Richard Murphy yesterday quoted Telegraph that published an article about a study from Professor Adam Galinsky, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois. The study is available in the journal Psychological Science.

"The powerful impose rules and restraints on others while disregarding these restraints for themselves, whereas the powerless collaborate in reproducing social inequality because they don't feel the same entitlement", Professor Adam Galinsky said. 

This reminds me of what was said a study that Transparency International published exactly 10 years ago : TI Source Book 2000.

In the first chapter, TI uses a short definition of corruption that is relevant in the context of Professor Adam Galinsky's observations: “the misuse of entrusted power for private benefit”

In this there are three elements

1. a misuse of power

2. a power that is entrusted (i.e. it can be in the private sector just as much as in the public)

3. a private benefit (i.e. not necessary personal to the person misusing the power, but including as well members of his or her immediate family and friends)

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