Political Corruption and Corruption Perceptions Index Essay

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Corruption and Transparency
Samuel Hill
Everest University
Applied Business Law

Corruption and Transparency The two items I found most interesting on Transparency.org deals with the corruption perceptions index (CPI) this index rank countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. The CPI reflects the views of observers from around the world, including experts living and working in the countries and territories evaluated (transparency.org, 2012). The first item is an article titled “Political Scandals Hinder UK Fight against Corruption” this article is about the repeated political corruption scandals that the UK is responsible for. What I learned from this article is that corruptions perceptions index (CPI) keeps track of all the corruption around the world. This article was interesting because I never knew that countries were competing to be on a corruptions list. As I looked at the corruptions perceptions index 2012 it makes a lot of sense because the most corrupt places which are Afghanistan, North Korea, and Somalia I hear a lot about on the news. I also learned that two-thirds of the 176 countries ranked in 2012 index score below 50, on a scale from 0(perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100(perceived to be very clean), showing that public institutions need to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable. UK is 17-jointly with Japan- with a score of 74 out of 100. Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing of those in public positions