From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Quid pro quo
Mains level : Impeachment of US President
As the dramatic proceedings to impeach Trump unfold in the United States Congress, one expression that has been heard over and over again is “quid pro quo”.
Quid pro quo
- Quid pro quo, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means “something given or received for something else”.
- In the 1500s in England, it was often used in the sense of apothecaries substituting one medicine for the other, by accident or design.
- It has also been part of trade lexicon as a term for the barter system.
- Quid pro quo, like many Latin phrases, made its way into legal terminology, where it is now used to imply a mutually beneficial deal between two parties.
- In political contexts, like the one involving Trump currently, it is often seen as an essential requirement to suggest or establish corruption, wrongdoing, or impropriety.