28.4 C
New York
HomeHeadlineComparative Analysis of Corruption Perceptions: Muslim-Majority Countries Versus Global Averages

Comparative Analysis of Corruption Perceptions: Muslim-Majority Countries Versus Global Averages

The 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows that corruption is thriving across the world.

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories around the globe by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, scoring on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Over two-thirds of countries score below 50 out of 100, which strongly indicates that they have serious corruption problems. The global average is stuck at only 43, while the vast majority of countries have made no progress or declined in the last decade. What is more, 23 countries fell to their lowest scores to date this year.

Injustice and trouble at the top

The global trend of weakening justice systems is reducing accountability for public officials, which allows corruption to thrive.

Both authoritarian and democratic leaders are undermining justice. This is increasing impunity for corruption, and even encouraging it by eliminating consequences for criminals. Corrupt acts like bribery and abuse of power are also infiltrating many courts and other justice institutions across the globe. Where corruption is the norm, vulnerable people have restricted access to justice while the rich and powerful capture whole justice systems, at the expense of the common good.

Countries ranking high on the CPI have an impunity problem of their own, even if this isn’t reflected in their scores. Many cross-border corruption cases have involved companies from top-scoring countries that resort to bribery when doing business abroad. Others have implicated professionals who sell secrecy or otherwise enable foreign corrupt officials. And yet, top-scoring countries often fail to go after perpetrators of transnational corruption and their enablers.

Corruption will continue to thrive until justice systems can punish wrongdoing and keep governments in check. When justice is bought or politically interfered with, it is the people that suffer. Leaders should fully invest in and guarantee the independence of institutions that uphold the law and tackle corruption. It is time to end impunity for corruption.

“The International Transparency Organization’s 2023 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has been published. The report indicates that Turkey is among the countries that experienced the sharpest decline in the area of corruption. Turkey’s drop to 34 points out of 100 has drawn attention. According to the report, Turkey lost 11% of its points compared to 2014, and 7% compared to 2018.

Turkey has been on a downward trend in this index since 2013. Last year, it ranked 115th among 180 countries. In 2013, Turkey was ranked 52nd in the same index. The Corruption Index is referenced by many international institutions and companies. It is used in a wide range of areas, from international credit ratings to economic measurements.”

Based on the scores from the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, the average score for Muslim-majority countries is approximately 36.07, while the global average score, considering all the countries listed, is about 43.01. This indicates that, according to this dataset, Muslim-majority countries, on average, score lower on the Corruption Perceptions Index compared to the global average. This suggests a higher perceived level of corruption in Muslim-majority countries based on the data provided. However, it’s crucial to note that this is a general trend and there are exceptions within the group. Additionally, many factors can influence these perceptions of corruption, including political, social, and economic contexts.

Take a second to support Politurco.com on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!
Politurco
Politurco
Politurco.com is a new online platform which primarily focuses on Turkish politics, Middle East and Muslim world with a high commitment to standards of journalistic and academic ethics and integrity.
RELATED ARTICLES

Most Popular

Recent Comments