Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Transparency International and corruption

Transparency International was founded in 1993. A few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption. Now present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change.

Every year since 1995, TI researchers have asked over 3,000 people involved in international businesses about the levels of corruption they have observed in countries around the world. The result is a Corruptions Perceptions Index. Each country is assigned a number to indicate the level of corruption observed in that country.

What does a number mean? Each year TI scores countries on how corrupt their public sectors are seen to be. The Corruption Perceptions Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to take notice and act.

The 2014 index was just published.

The 2014 corruption perceptions index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 175 countries and territories
  • Denmark Score: 92 (rank: 1st)
  • New Zealand Score: 91 (rank 2nd)
  • UK Score: 78 (rank 14th)
  • China Score: 36 (rank 100)
  • Mexico Score 35 (rank 103rd)
  • Russia Score: 27 (rank 136th)
  • Nigeria Score: 27 (rank 136th)
  • Iran Score: 27 (rank 136th)
  • Somalia Score 8 (rank 174th)

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