Elite capture

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Elite capture is a process whereby resources transferred designated for the benefit of the larger population are usurped by a few individuals of superior status–be it economic, political, educational, ethnic, or otherwise.[1] Individuals or groups take advantage of government programs aimed at distributing resources or funds to the general public by using their elite influence to direct such assistance in such a way that it primarily benefits the elite group.[2] It is a common disadvantage of decentralisation.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Elite Capture and Corruption: Concepts and Definitions" (PDF). National council of applied economic research. Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ World Bank; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; International Fund for Agricultural Development (2009). Gender in agriculture sourcebook. World Bank Publications. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8213-7587-7.