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Another year, another iteration of the CPI Transparency International’s multi-coloured map, showing how countries in Asia, Africa, and South America are more corrupt than rich places []

The CPI is extremely influential, but it is also wildly wrong, which is troubling because it is the one thing people who don’t know about corruption always call on when looking to see what’s going on; on this, Oliver Bullough [] has said:-

  • Pretty much everyone I’ve ever spoken to at Transparency International recognizes that it’s flawed at best,
  • Which raise the uncomfortable thought that the organization only keeps producing it because it’s such a good marketing tool.

Oliver has further said:

  • The Corruption Perceptions Index, which defines corruption along the lines of what happens in poor countries rather than rich countries, and then sensationally reveals that there is more of it in poor countries than in rich countries.
  • It’s a little like studying the drug trade only by looking at where drugs are produced, rather than where they’re consumed.
  • Basically, you can’t rate countries by how corrupt they are, as if it’s a competition, because corruption is transnational, the money and its owners cross borders.
  • Blaming Nigeria for being corrupt, while ignoring Britain’s role in laundering Nigerian politicians’ money, is not just unfair; it’s inaccurate.
  • Scandinavian countries remain at the top of the index [as good countries] for another year, yet there isn’t a country in the region that hasn’t seen its corporations implicated in corruption in Eastern Europe.