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Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019 uses a scale where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
the CPI analyses public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The top countries are New Zealand and Denmark, while the bottom countries are Somalia, South Sudan and Syria. However, when it comes to improving on corruption, the majority of countries are stagnating.
Transparency International’s analysis shows how the stream of big money in politics is linked to higher rates of corruption. In fact low CPI scores are also associated with higher concentrations of power among the rich, while the poorest citizens have little to no political influence.
Even countries with high CPI scores are not free from corruption. The multiple scandals show that transnational corruption is often facilitated by countries at the top of the high scores on the index: countries where the proceeds of corruption in other nations are stashed.