Are all politicians corrupt

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The foundations of representative democracy are about to collapse - this is the impression the reader gets after reading Mathew D. Rose's new book “Corrupt? How our politicians and parties get rich and sell us ”. In it, the author and journalist examines the lobby structures and calls for more transparency in everyday political life.
Rose shows many examples of how politicians manage to increase their side income nowadays. From Wolfgang Clement to Roland Koch to Gerhard Schröder: The book reads like a “Who's Who” of German politics. But stakeholders and entrepreneurs will also be annoyed to read their names in this book. Well-researched facts from party, association and company headquarters make the reader doubt what is going on in our democracy. For Rose, politicians have become economic actors whose most important decision-making criterion is above all one thing: money. Influenced by Colin Crouch's “Post-Democracy” and John Dunn's “Setting the People Free”, the work succeeds in revealing the often difficult-to-see connections between politics, business and the media.
Rose is certain: Contrary to the public statements of transparency, the excesses of corruption are widespread. Officials, politicians and entrepreneurs were keen to provide information to the native New Yorker, who has been working as an investigative journalist in Berlin since the 1990s, and received a clear insight into everyday life in the “Berlin Republic”. "A fraternization of politics and economy against the people", is how the author sums it up.
But: Rose diminishes his impressive research performance himself, because the unnecessarily lurid tone of the book is annoying. The author draws conspiracy theories around sober facts. So he senses structural grievances where individual interests tend to accumulate. Nevertheless: The aggressive tone of the book does not detract from Rose's journalistic achievement. His new, now fourth, revelatory book is a passionate plea for more transparent politics in Germany - and exciting to read. What more can a reader - and a citizen - want?

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