Synonyms: Patronage, Clientelism

“Form of favouritism based on acquaintances and familiar relationships whereby someone in an official position exploits his or her power and authority to provide a <…> favour to a family member or friend, even though he or she may not be qualified or deserving”.

Anti-Corruption Glossary (Transparency International),
See also: The Anti-Corruption Plain Language Guide. (2009). Transparency International,

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