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

January 2011
OPERA - Observatorio de Políticas, Ejecución y Resultados de l;2011, Issue 11, p303
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • MAURITIUS: RISK SUMMARY.  // Africa Monitor: Southern Africa;Jan2011, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p8 

    The article presents political risk, economic risk and business environment for Mauritius including the improved performance of the Mauritian stock market for 2010, the country being ranked as the 20th in the 2011 World Bank Doing Business report, and its 5.4 score of its Corruption Perceptions...

  • Seeing through corruption. Chigbo, Okey // CA Magazine;Mar1999, Vol. 132 Issue 2, p19 

    Looks at the efforts of Transparency International to increase public awareness of corrupt practices around the world. Establishment of the Corruptions Perceptions Index; Index's release of its survey in 1998 listing 85 countries; Index's stimulation of public debate about corruption.

  • Bribes, anyone?  // Latin Trade (English);Dec2000, Vol. 8 Issue 12, p22 

    Deals with the list of corrupt Latin American countries for 2000 released by Transparency International.

  • Corruption Perceptions Index.  // Eritrea Country Review;2013, p98 

    The article presents the Corruption Perceptions Index released by the Transparency International for July 2013.

  • Palm Oil. Estevez, Matthew // Latin Trade (English);Jan2000, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p17 

    Focuses on the ranking of Honduras among the most corrupt countries in Latin America based on the study conducted by Transparency International, a non-profit organization. Reaction of the government of Honduras to the study; Effect on Honduras President Carlos Flores's efforts to get...

  • Corruption Perceptions Index.  // Zimbabwe Country Review;2013, p111 

    The article offers information on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) of the non-governmental organization Transparency International and also presents a table showing the rank of several countries according to the CPI, their CPI score and confidence range.

  • New Zealand the least corrupt country. Balch, Roger // Asian Business Review;Sep95, p10 

    Reports that New Zealand is the least corrupt country for businesses according to study findings from Transparency International. Countries with the least and most corruption ratings.

  • Corruption Perceptions Index. Coleman, Denise Youngblood // North Korea Country Review;2013, p161 

    The article presents non-profit organization Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, a composite index which ranks countries based on the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among officials, where a high level of transparency is indicated by the number 10.

  • Very Little Rotten in the State of Denmark. Alhinnawi, Mohammad // Foreign Service Journal;Jan2011, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p11 

    The article offers information on the report of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) regarding global corruption in 2010 by the Transparency International including Somalia as the most, followed by Denmark, New Zealand, and Singapore which tied for the top spot of least corrupt countries.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics