- the practice of favoring one's close friends, especially in political appointments.
Origin of cronyism
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Examples from the Web for cronyism
As for Adrian Fenty, who Barry once supported and then turned on, he was “arrogant,” a “disappointment,” and guilty of cronyism.Speed Read: Marion Barry’s Crazy Memoir
June 18, 2014
How cronyism, secrecy, and authoritarianism doomed Obamacare, and why it was all so unnecessary.Obamacare’s Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn’t Have to Happen
October 20, 2013
She uncovers a reprehensible example of cronyism, elitism, and vote finagling which reflects some Israeli Leftist shortcomings.Open Zion Should Not Mean Open Season on Israel
July 12, 2013
Both political parties are talking about cronyism and insider dealing.Three Easy Ways to End Cronyism
August 1, 2012
Issa has also been accused of cronyism and hypocrisy as a member of the House.How Darrell Issa’s Pursuit of Attorney General Eric Holder Is Playing Back Home
June 28, 2012
These two plagues – cronyism and nepotism – haunt public procurement.
And corruption was both rife and rampant – nepotism, cronyism, outright bribery.
- the practice of appointing friends to high-level, esp political, posts regardless of their suitability
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Word Origin and History for cronyism
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