The Importance Of Cultural Bribery

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Bribery is a growing concern in many countries around the world, but does that mean bribery is always bad? Denmark and New Zealand are tied as of 2016 for countries with the least corruption in the public sector, South Sudan and Somalia on the other hand are the most corrupt countries(Transparency International, n.d.). These are extremes, we all know that there will always be some form of corruption going on but few people know where their countries stand compared to the rest of the world. Living in your country you may think that your country isn’t that bad compared to others, but is it really? Cultural relativism may be at play in your thinking. Each country has their own set of rules that guide citizens in knowing what is right and wrong,…show more content…
Brusseau, cultural relativism is the suspicion that values and morality are culture specific and not the result of universal reason(Brusseau, 2012). They’re what a community believes, and that’s it. Simply put you could use the phrase “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Each country will have their own set of rules, laws, ethics, and morals which they adhere. During your travels for either work or personal reasons you may come across some rules of society that differ from your own. In the case of Mexico City bribes are a normal occurrence whereas in the United States this is out of the question. In both countries bribery is technically illegal but in Mexico City it is treated almost like an income subsidy. Cultural relativism differs from traditional ethics in a subtle way. Traditional ethics can be described as the knowledge of know right from wrong, but this way of thinking may change depending on the culture you are looking at. Traditional ethics can vary from each location becoming cultural…show more content…
Ethically the system of officer bribery can be justified if you look at the whole picture. Yes, you could say that it is unfair to pay off the officer and you are being taken advantage of. But on the other hand, you were pulled over for a reason, that reason would traditionally be a ticket and a point on your license and a fine but instead you can pay the officer directly (saving time), not get a point on your license, and possibly pay less in the end. Also, if you look at this situation economically you could argue that the occasional bribes are actually saving you money in the

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