Corruption at its core

2013-12-19 00:00

FIRST published in 1995, the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) produced by Transparency International (TI) now covers 177 countries.

At the turn of the century, TI commented on a crisis of global corruption, misuse of power without apparent visible end. Little has changed. Individual CPI scores vary, but the overall pattern remains static. Well-developed countries with sound democratic systems do well, while the poverty-stricken and unstable remain at the bottom of the rankings. TI must be running out of descriptive terms for a system that is a major contributor to socioeconomic inequality. While the global economic order is to blame for such injustices, home-grown corruption is also a major factor.

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