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2012 Corruption Perceptions Index


By Rachel Davies on 5 December 2012 in Politics

Repeated political corruption scandals are responsible for the UK’s continuing failure to achieve a top ten ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index.

The 2012 index ranks 176 countries and territories based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index ranks the UK at 17 with a score of 74 out of 100.

This morning our Executive Director, Chandu Krishnan, said

“Despite the passing of the Bribery Act, and measures to improve transparency in government, the perception of experts is that the UK continues to be more vulnerable to corruption than the political establishment is willing to admit. The UK is struggling to remain in the top 20, let alone achieve a place in the top 10.

“The steady stream of political scandals has exposed a worrying complacency at the heart of UK politics. Until the Government acts with urgency to put a cap on party funding and introduce tougher regulation of lobbying and the revolving door, the UK will not be able to rise higher in global anti-corruption league tables.”

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2012

Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 - International results

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 shows corruption continues to ravage societies around the world.

Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 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.

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for first place with scores of 90, helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions.

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia once again cling to the bottom rung of the index. In these countries the lack of accountable leadership and effective public institutions underscore the need to take a much stronger stance against corruption.

Underperformers in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 also include the Eurozone countries most affected by the financial and economic crisis. Transparency International has consistently warned Europe to address corruption risks in the public sector to tackle the financial crisis, calling for strengthened efforts to corruption-proof public institutions.


This year Transparency International has updated the methodology for the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012. To reflect this, the Corruption Perceptions Index is presented on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

For more information on the Corruptions Perceptions Index 2012 see our webinar presentation.

About Rachel Davies

Rachel is TI-UK's Advocacy Manger. She oversees TI-UK's advocacy and communications work. Tweet her @rachelcerysd