Corruption and sovereignty


Is it an attribute of sovereignty that the state is allowed to be corrupt? Is it a challenge to sovereignty to question corruption and also to make corrupt leaders, civil servants and even powerful sectors of private business responsible before law and even to punish them? Can a state apparatus that does not have a truly effective mechanism to control corruption hold its leaders, civil servants and also the private sector responsible for any form of corruption? Can a state apparatus that deliberately prevents the emergence of an effective corruption control agency be sovereign? The use of sovereignty as a defence against every form of criticism is exposed worse for its hollowness when it comes to the issue of corruption.

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