Following the resignation of the German Defence minister for another plagiarised doctorate it seems that the academic backgrounds of prominent politicians are getting more scrutiny. This raises an interesting question. Which of the following is more likely to be true?
- there has been a lot of plagiarism in the social sciences and humanities but it is only being detected in the case of these politicians because of the increased scrutiny
- leading politicians are often ambitious individuals who "cut corners" and so are more prone to commit plagiarism