Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Data on Bribery

Source: BBC News
One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International.
The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe - 84% - and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate are in sub-Saharan Africa........The countries with the lowest reported bribery rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia, they all have a bribery rate of 1%.
 Trust is a key element of social capital and cultures that depend on bribery to oil their gears of commerce and governance have little of that capital and are in trouble.

I suppose the relatively high rates in South America and Central America are in part due to the overall impact of the drug culture. Still Africa seems to be worse. As is India.

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