Kleptomania is about acting out. It is a compensatory act. Politics is a drab, uninspiring, unintelligent, and, often humiliating business. It is also risky and rather arbitrary. It involves enormous stress and unceasing conflict. Politicians with mental health disorders (for instance, narcissists or psychopaths ) react by decompensation. They rob the state and coerce businessmen to grease their palms because it makes them feel better, it helps them to repress their mounting fears and frustrations, and to restore their psychodynamic equilibrium. These politicians and bureaucrats "let off steam" by looting.
The list of sources that are considered (subject to availability for each country) are: African Development Bank – Governance Ratings, Bertelsmann Foundation – Sustainable Governance Indicators, Bertelsmann Foundation – Transformation Index, IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, Political Risk Services – Country Risk Guide, World Bank – Country Performance and Institutional Assessment, World Economic Forum – Executive Opinion Survey, World Justice Project – Rule of Law Index, Economist Intelligence Unit – Country Risk Assessment, Global Insight – Country Risk Ratings, Political and Economic Risk Consultancy – Asian Intelligence, Freedom House – Nations in Transit