- Apr 2010
- T'Republic of Yorkshire
I'm talking about corruption in different levels of government, and governmental agencies.The terminology is confusing. In parliamentary systems the government is the cabinet. Generally corruption and scandal in the government leads to public anger and a new government.
In presidential systems the government includes the executive, legislative and the judicial functions. Corruption in one branch can be dealt with by the other branches. The role of a free press in all democracies is to identify to inform the people of corrupt government activities. If the people care enough, corruption can be controlled if not eliminated. However if only 10-15 percent of the eligible voters vote, (common in US local elections) you can expect corruption.
Say, there's a corrupt police officer. That should be dealt with by a higher level agency. In Britain, that is not the case - it's normally investigated by the IPCC, the Independent Police Complaints Commission - which is staffed by ex-policemen. So it doesn't work. Or the Crown Prosecution Service can bring a criminal case. No additional powers are needed.
When the corruption happens in Parliament (e.g. George Galloway), it's more problematic, although the police can get involved.