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crony +‎ -ism



cronyism (countable and uncountable, plural cronyisms)

  1. Favoritism to friends without regard for their qualifications, especially by appointing them to political positions.
    Coordinate terms: nepotism, patronage
    • 2013, Randall G. Holcombe and Andrea M. Castillo, Liberalism and Cronyism: Two Rival Political and Economic Systems, Mercatus Center at George Mason University (→ISBN)
      Because of this centralized command structure, communist societies fall prey to the forces of cronyism and influence-peddling as commune members without economic power curry favor with commune leaders that control access to resources.
    • 2015, Thomas J. Gradel, Dick Simpson, Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality, University of Illinois Press (→ISBN), page 117:
      Patronage, nepotism, cronyism, abuse of power, and criminal activity flourish, sometimes for decades, in numerous town halls, police stations, and special-purpose government agencies in the suburbs.