Historically, the primary concern in this area has been exposure to civil and criminal penalties for contravention of anti-bribery and corruption legislation.
Forms[ edit ] Photo of cash found in Congressman William J. Jefferson 's freezer in the August raid was shown to jurors on 8 July Many types of payments or favors can constitute bribes: One must be careful of differing social and cultural norms when examining bribery.
Expectations of when a monetary transaction is appropriate can differ from place to place.
Political campaign contributions in the form of cash, for example, are considered criminal acts of bribery in some countries, while in the United States, provided they adhere to election law, are legal.
Tippingfor example, Bribery investment and country considered bribery in some societies, while in others the two concepts may not be interchangeable. In some Spanish-speaking countries, bribes are referred to as "mordida" literally, "bite". In Arab countries, bribes may be called baksheesh a tip, gift, or gratuity or "shay" literally, "tea".
French-speaking countries often use the expressions "dessous-de-table" "under-the-table" commissions"pot-de-vin" literally, "wine-pot"or "commission occulte" "secret commission" or "kickback".
While the last two expressions contain inherently a negative connotation, the expression "dessous-de-table" can be often understood as a commonly accepted business practice. In German, the common term is Schmiergeld "smoothing money". The offence may be divided into two great classes: Likewise, the briber might hold a powerful role and control the transaction; or in other cases, a bribe may be effectively extracted from the person paying it, although this is better known as extortion.
The forms that bribery take are numerous.
For example, a motorist might bribe a police officer not to issue a ticket for speeding, a citizen seeking paperwork or utility line connections might bribe a functionary for faster service. Bribery may also take the form of a secret commissiona profit made by an agent, in the course of his employment, without the knowledge of his principal.
Euphemisms abound for this commission, sweetener, kick-back etc. Bribers and recipients of bribery are likewise numerous although bribers have one common denominator and that is the financial ability to bribe.
According to BBC news U. From a legal point of view, active bribery can be defined for instance as the promising, offering or giving by any person, directly or indirectly, of any undue advantage [to any public official], for himself or herself or for anyone else, for him or her to act or refrain from acting in the exercise of his or her functions.
Passive bribery can be defined as the request or receipt [by any public official], directly or indirectly, of any undue advantage, for himself or herself or for anyone else, or the acceptance of an offer or a promise of such an advantage, to act or refrain from acting in the exercise of his or her functions article 3 of the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption ETS The reason for this dissociation is to make the early steps offering, promising, requesting an advantage of a corrupt deal already an offence and, thus, to give a clear signal from a criminal policy point of view that bribery is not acceptable.
Besides, such a dissociation makes the prosecution of bribery offences easier since it can be very difficult to prove that two parties the bribe-giver and the bribe-taker have formally agreed upon a corrupt deal.
Besides, there is often no such formal deal but only a mutual understanding, for instance when it is common knowledge in a municipality that to obtain a building permit one has to pay a "fee" to the decision maker to obtain a favourable decision. United States law is particularly strict in limiting the ability of businesses to pay for the awarding of contracts by foreign governments; however, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act contains an exception for "grease payments"; very basically, this allows payments to officials in order to obtain the performance of ministerial acts which they are legally required to do, but may delay in the absence of such payment.
In some countries, this practice is the norm, often resulting from a developing nation not having the tax structure to pay civil servants an adequate salary. Nevertheless, most economists regard bribery as a bad thing because it encourages rent seeking behaviour. A state where bribery has become a way of life is a kleptocracy.
In some countries, such bribes are considered tax-deductible payments. However, inin an effort to discourage bribery, the OECD Council recommended that member countries cease to allow the tax-deductibility of bribes to foreign officials.
This was followed by the signing of the Anti-Bribery Convention . Since that time, the majority of the OECD countries which are signatories of the convention have revised their tax policies according to this recommendation and some have extended the measures to bribes paid to any official, sending the message that bribery will no longer be tolerated in the operations of the government.
If the medicine is prescribed heavily, they may seek to reward the individual through gifts. Dentists often receive samples of home dental care products such as toothpaste, which are of negligible value; somewhat ironically, dentists in a television commercial will often state that they get these samples but pay to use the sponsor's product.
In countries offering state-subsidized or nationally funded healthcare where medical professionals are underpaid, patients may use bribery to solicit the standard expected level of medical care. For example, in many formerly Communist countries from what used to be the Eastern Bloc it may be customary to offer expensive gifts to doctors and nurses for the delivery of service at any level of medical care in the non-private health sector.
This is not illegal in the United States and forms a major part of campaign financethough it is sometimes referred to as the money loop [ citation needed ].
However, in many European countries, a politician accepting money from a corporation whose activities fall under the sector they currently or are campaigning to be elected to regulate would be considered a criminal offence, for instance the " Cash-for-questions affair " and " Cash for Honours " in the United Kingdom.
A grey area in these democracies is the so-called " revolving door ", whereby politicians are offered highly-paid, often consultancy jobs upon their retirement from politics by the corporations they regulate while in office, in return for enacting legislation favourable to the corporation whilst in office - a conflict of interest.
Convictions for this form of bribery are easier to obtain with hard evidence, that is a specific amount of money linked to a specific action by the recipient of the bribe.
Such evidence is frequently obtained using undercover agents, since evidence of a quid pro quo relation can often be difficult to prove. See also influence peddling and political corruption.Countries’ implementation and enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention is monitored by the OECD Working Group on Bribery through a rigorous peer-review monitoring system, which Transparency International calls the “gold standard” of monitoring.
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