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Nepotism

 

the practice whereby the popes gave profitable offices, high church positions, and land to their relatives (primarily their sons) to secure their own power. Nepotism was especially widespread in the 15th and 16th centuries. It led to the elevation of powerful families that were relatives of the popes (the Borghese, Ludovisi, Borgias, and others). In Russian the term nepotizm has become a common noun that is a synonym for kumovstvo.

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Corruption is pervasive at all stages of Brazilian politics, is both financial and nepotist, and is such a facet of the system that it is difficult to see how it can be eradicated.
Wasta and British Academia The UK is still an old boys school-network in some industries: "Lamentably, academia is the last bastion of the nepotists.
political profiteers, the men in the high and low places that seek bribes and demand ten percent, those that seek to keep the country divided permanently so that they can remain in office as ministers an$ VIPs of waste, the tribalists, the nepotists, those that make the country look big for nothing before international circles, those that have corrupted our society and put the Nigerian political calendar back by their words" (cited in Ihonvbere and Shaw, 1998).
The man is a card-carrying member of Nepotists United, and he absolutely typifies everything that is wrong in this banana republic of ours.