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The rise of legal cheating

People think the system is rigged and are losing faith in democracy

By Dag Detter & Stefan Fölster  

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While many countries are making some headway in tackling corruption, a more insidious phenomenon is spreading, inflicting vast costs on societies and perhaps even threatening democracy. We are going to call this “legal cheating”: the use of non-criminal but abusive methods to game the system for personal gain.

A growing cadre of self-serving legal cheaters and influence peddlers shape our future. They are often highly educated and…

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