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Does power lead to corruption?

A few years ago, I published a paper in the journal Science showing that even small children can predict the results of parliamentary elections with two candidates merely by looking at their photographs. As you might imagine, the result caused quite a stir, and it led to an interesting discussion with a journalist.

After a debate over the presidential elections in the US, a journalist and I began to discuss the case of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The journalist wanted me to explain why Berlusconi was so power-hungry; what factors might explain his character and his sexual escapades?