TITLE

Measuring corruption: from Conscience creation to the dangers of erroneous interpretation

AUTHOR(S)
GONZÁLEZ-ESPINOSA, ANA CAROLINA; BOEHM, FRÉDÉRIC
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
OPERA - Observatorio de Políticas, Ejecución y Resultados de l;2011, Issue 11, p303
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The (re)discovery of institutions as a fundamental aspect explaining performance of societies has led to an increasing focus on the issue of governance. This contribution focuses on measuring corruption as one aspect of governance, and in particular on two widely used indexes: The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from Transparency International and the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) from the World Bank Institute. Firstly, the basic problems related to measuring such phenomena are presented. Secondly, we discuss the scope and limits of the CPI and the WGI, as well as the challenges to use the information provided by them to understand a given country. Finally, based on the critical perspective adopted, we present how other complementary indicators had emerged we emphasize that a multifaceted issue such as corruption requires the use of various specific indicators, each shedding light on a particular aspect of the problem.
ACCESSION #
91960147

 

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