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The act of showing partiality to one's close friends, typically by appointing them to a position in a company or organization despite the individual not necessarily being the best person for the position. Although this is favoritism is frowned upon in many cases, it is often hard to determine what is or is not cronyism. In general it is not wrong to hire or appoint someone you know, as long as they are well qualified, so the boundary between the two scenarios is very unclear. Although accusations of cronyism are prevalent, they very rarely amount to any disciplinary action or removals from power.
See also nepotism.

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After the President appointed his three best friends from college to high-paying Ambassadorships in exotic countries, he was widely accused of cronyism.
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We all thought Obama was practicing Cronyism in the White House because he was good friends with all the people in his administration.
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Sometimes different managers will react with cronyism which may end up with their friends getting jobs they do not deserve.
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