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It has been a year of ups and downs for combatting corruption in the UK. Scandals in several institutions showed that corruption is a much greater problem than recognised and highlighted the UK’s continued complacency to corruption’s insidious threat. However, there have been some successes in the fight against corruption this year, giving hope for continued progress in 2013. Here’s a rundown of some of the best and worst of 2012.

The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures perceived levels of public sector corruption in 176 countries and territories, is launched today.

2011 has been a year of passionate political protests around the world, often provoked by high levels of corruption in public life. Many citizens feel their leaders and public institutions are neither transparent nor accountable, and all too often are systemically corrupt. 

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