| Cronyism |
Cronyism is the spoils system practice of partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends or trusted colleagues, especially in politics and between politicians and supportive organisations. For example, cronyism occurs when appointing "cronies" to positions of authority regardless of their qualifications. This is in contrast to a meritocracy, in which appointments are made based on merit.
Politically, "cronyism" is derogatorily used to imply buying and selling favours, such as votes in legislative bodies, as doing favours to organisations, giving desirable ambassadorships to exotic places, etc. Cronyism is a specific form of favouritism.
|Document:Britain’s creeping cronyism||Article||1 September 2020||Richard Norton-Taylor||The culture of the Johnson government may be very different from that of Whitehall’s “permanent government”. But the two have one thing in common, lack of accountability and addiction to official secrecy.|