Abuse of government power

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Other Names:
Misuse of political power
Abuse of public power
Political coercion

The abuse of power involves the deliberate use of power for specific aims that could not be legitimately justified since they are often for the exclusive benefit of power itself, for the maintenance of a political regime or of an unjust social and economical system. High public officials who, protected by their position, accumulate unjustifiably their wealth, undertake all manner of business, favour their protégés and receive donations or improper "commissions".


In the UK in 1994 a survey indicated that nearly 30% of those questioned believed that government was corrupt or abused its power.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST