Nepotism conversation questions

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Nepotism means showing favouritism for relatives or friends, for instance by offering them employment, rather than on an objective evaluation of ability or suitability. It is similar to cronyism, which is favouring long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications.


  • What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of nepotism and cronyism?
  • Are there certain fields or professions where you think it is more common? Do you think it's more common in public administration or in private enterprise?
  • In what sort of cases do you think it would be preferable to favour someone you know for a post?
  • Do you know of many direct or indirect cases of nepotism or cronyism?
  • Have you, or anyone you know, been in a position where a friend or relative of someone in authority has been chosen instead?
  • If there are others better qualified and willing to perform a particularly difficult or sensitive task, should they be automatically chosen over a close friend or relative? Why/why not?

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