Nepotism is favoritism shown to a relative in conferring office or privilege. The term comes from favoritism shown in church appointments in times past. Nepotism doesn’t depend on :
- Whether an office is a paid position or not.
- Whether the position or privilege is official or informal.
- Whether the office or privilege is well intentioned or not.
Robert Kennedy’s appointment as AG is an example of nepotism as is Hillary Clinton’s appointment to work on health care during the Clinton Administration. Tom Reed taking his wife on overseas junkets confers a privilege on a relative–nepotism. Jared and Ivanka’s appointments in the Trump Administration are further examples.
Whatever other problems nepotism may cause, it certainly isn’t good for organizational morale as explained in the Politico article cited.