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Does power inevitably corrupt the powerful? Need thoughts and ideas to write about.

Haddock, V. (2006). Power is not only an aphrodisiac, it does weird things to some of us. San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, p. G-1. Retrieved from http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/11/19/INGT9MCJHJ1.DTL

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Power in and within itself isn't corrupting as humans have the ability to possess power and do good or do bad. The corruption of people in power is more associated with the organizational controls that exist and ethics of an organization that lead to corruption of the powerful. I will give a brief example of this ideology wherein a study called the Stanford Experiment was conducted by a Stanford researcher. The researcher wanted to ascertain whether individuals that had never been given power over others would become corrupt and abuse their newfound power. Students were the participants with two sets of students participating in the study. One set were the guards, or those with power while the other set were inmates, or the powerless. The guards could have simply done their job and not abused their power but once a group of guards began to ...

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Rationality in Decision Making