Definition of Cronyism
(noun) The tendency to favor close friends and associates over more qualified applicants for employment, promotions, or in business deals.
Example of Cronyism
- The new president of a company hiring three unqualified friends to fill top management positions.
- American English – /krOH-nee-i-zuhm/
- British English – /krOH-nii-zuhm/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈkroʊniˌɪzəm/
- British English – /ˈkrəʊnɪɪz(ə)m/
- Plural: cronyisms
- A crony is close friend.
- Crony capitalism refers to any type of capitalism in which business-people and politicians have close relationships and is typically considered a type of corruption.
- Cronyism is informally referred to as the old boys’ network.
- Cronyism is often compared to nepotism.
- Cronyism is contrasted to a meritocracy.
- Word origin of “cronyism” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Norhashim, Mariati, and Kamarulzaman Ab Aziz. 2005. “Smart Partnership or Cronyism? A Malaysian Perspective.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 25(8):31–48. doi:10.1108/01443330510629081.
- Cronyism – World Wide Words: worldwidewords.org
- Favoritism, Cronyism, and Nepotism – Markkula Center for Applied Ethics: scu.edu
- anticipatory socialization
- peer group
- social network
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
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