Transparency International’s annual index of third-party corruption survey data is released today. We discuss this Index and its critics at length in our recently published A Users’ Guide to Measuring Corruption.
From: Conrad Zellmann
Subject: Release: TI Corruption Perceptions Index 2008
I am writing to let you know that Transparency International has today released the 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
The Transparency International CPI measures the perceived levels of public-sector corruption in a given country and is a composite index, drawing on different expert and business surveys. The 2008 CPI scores 180 countries (the same number as the 2007 CPI) on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to ten (highly clean).
Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden share the highest score at 9.3, followed immediately by Singapore at 9.2. Bringing up the rear is Somalia at 1.0, slightly trailing Iraq and Myanmar at 1.3 and Haiti at 1.4.
While score changes in the Index are not rapid, statistically significant changes are evident in certain countries from the high to the low end of the CPI. Looking at source surveys included in both the 2007 and 2008 Index, significant declines can be seen in the scores of Bulgaria, Burundi, Maldives, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Similarly, statistically significant improvements over the last year can be identified in Albania, Cyprus, Georgia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Korea, Tonga and Turkey.
The 2008 CPI table, TI’s press release and related materials can be found at:
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have, or if you would like to receive hardcopy packages of the 2008 CPI materials.
With best regards,
Conrad F. Zellmann
— Jonathan Werve