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A region-by-region look at corruption risk

Jaclyn Jaeger | February 1, 2019

The perceived level of public-sector corruption in the United States is worsening, even as the country continues to lead international anti-corruption efforts. Much of the rest of the world isn’t faring any better.

According to Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released Dec. 29, the United States fell four points from last year’s CPI, receiving its lowest score in seven years and marking the first time since 2011 that the United States fell outside the top 20 highest-ranking countries on the CPI.

Among 180 countries and territories ranked, the United States scored 71 on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). “A four-point drop in the CPI score is a red flag and comes at a time when the United States is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balances, as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power,”...

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