Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The World Corruption Index

The United States has now fallen out of the list of the top 20 'cleanest' countries. Every year Transparency International ranks the world's countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The United States lost four points since last year and has dropped out of the top 20 countries on the CPI for the first time since 2011.

The report says that the United States is currently witnessing threats to its system of checks and balances and an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power. It goes on to say that the U.S. is suffering from growing nativist populist sentiment, a rise in hate crimes and the longest government shutdown in US history. All of these factors combine to undermine trust in American institutions.

You can view how other countries around the world rank on the index using the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 interactive map. If you select a country on the map you can read the country's score and where it ranks among all 180 countries in the index. An arrow also indicates whether the selected country has risen or fallen in the rankings since last year.

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