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Author(s): Emich, Birgit
1. Definition and introductionNepotism (from the Latin  nepos, “grandson,” “nephew,” “descendant,”) denotes a policy of preferring the criterion of personal kinship in the bestowal of offices and benefits. Used in a very general sense today in relation to cronyism in business and politics, the word began life in early 17th-century Rome referring to a very specific historical phenomenon: the practice of the popes’ preferring their own relations (usually, given the commandment of celibacy, nephews rather…
Date: 2020-04-06