Understanding the Corruption Perceptions Index Analytical Essay by Nicky

Understanding the Corruption Perceptions Index
An examination of the problem of corruption throughout the world, as measured by Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.
# 145513 | 1,954 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper examines the issue of corruption, which is considered to be endemic in at least half of the world's countries, its prevalence throughout the world, and the factors that tend to be present in the nations most affected. The paper cites the Corruption Perceptions Index that Transparency International (TI) releases each year; the index assigns a grade to every country, indicating that nation's relative level of corruption. The paper explains that TI derives its score using a national integrity assessment that weighs factors in three main categories - rule of law, sustainable development, and quality of life. Within these categories, the political, judicial and business systems are evaluated, along with ancillary items such as media freedom and electoral freedom, the paper adds. The paper concludes by noting that the poorest-performing countries on the corruption index tend to be those whose institutions have been damaged by warfare or other civil unrest; the least corrupt nations are small, homogeneous lands with a high level of stability and a relative lack of income gap.

Trends in Corruption
Major Differences
Issues of Culture
Major Ethical Problems
Ways to Lessen Corruption
How Does the US Compare?
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"For 2008, the top two nations were Denmark and New Zealand. The bottom countries were Somalia and Iraq (Transparency International, 2008). This paper will discuss the differences between these nations in an attempt to isolate some of the key factors that affect the aggregate corruption levels in these countries. From there, the paper will attempt to address some of these issues, stating potential actions that can be undertaken to reduce corruption in the worst countries. There will also be a section of the paper that compares the performance of the United States to the four above-mentioned nations. The US finished in 18th place in 2008, trailing the majority of the world's most developed countries."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Website: Transparency.org. Transparency International. Several pages accessed February 15, 2009.
  • Website: CIA World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Several pages accessed February 15, 2009
  • No author. (2008). 2008 Corruptions Perceptions Index. Transparency International. Retrieved February 15, 2009 from http://www.transparency.org/news_room/in_focus/2008/cpi2008/cpi_2008_table
  • No author. (2008). 2008 Global Corruption Report. Transparency International. In possesion of the author.
  • Lewcock, Anne. (2008). More Pharmas Implicated in Iraq Bribery Probe. DrugResearcher.com. Retrieved February 15, 2009 from http://www.drugresearcher.com/Research-management/More-pharmas-implicated-in-Iraq-bribery-probe

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Understanding the Corruption Perceptions Index (2010, November 13) Retrieved June 09, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/understanding-the-corruption-perceptions-index-145513/

MLA Format

"Understanding the Corruption Perceptions Index" 13 November 2010. Web. 09 June. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/understanding-the-corruption-perceptions-index-145513/>