Political Causes of Corruption in Iraq

Saad Sahi Abbas, Norafidah Binti Ismail

Abstract


Corruption has political, economic, social, and cultural reasons, but political reason remains the point of spreading corruption. This article examines the political causes of corruption in Iraq after the changing of Saddam's regime by American occupation. The corruption that has now become endemic has served not only to undermine reform and reconstruction efforts while simultaneously accomplishing the embezzlement of billions of dollars that left the Iraqi people exposed to a wide array of harms on all sectors of the country's political, economic and social. The qualitative technique through interview and observation was duly adopted as the methods for data collection, whereby manual analysis was employed to present the result obtained from the field. The data collected by interviews with two groups (Iraqi members of the parliament and academicians in political science discipline) that focused on detecting the political causes of corruption in Iraq. The study revealed many political causes of corruption in Iraq after 2003. Also, indicate that corruption is both a recurrent experience and a major concern in the daily life of the citizens of Iraq.  Corruption has played a significant role in the devastation of Iraqi society and citizens' lives. It renders true democracy impossible. It fosters government impunity, uses threats and violence, violations of human rights. The paper recommends to the application of laws and compliance with the contents of the Iraqi constitution and the adoption of the principle of separation of powers, that good governance, and democratic principle should put in place to address the menace of corruption and maladministration in Iraq.  


Keywords


Corruption, Political Causes, Iraqi Government, Strategies for Fighting Grafts.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.24203/ajhss.v5i3.4794

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