Why the Worst Get on Top: Corruption in Democracies
By R. Morris Coats, Gökhan Karahan, Jeremy T. Schwartz
This article appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of The Independent Review
F. A. Hayek observed that political competition often encourages would-be leaders to ignore moral norms and do whatever is necessary to gain power. The rise of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a startling illustration of this uncomfortable truth.