Conclusion and key takeaways
Earlier this year, Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranked the US joint 27th globally for perceived public sector corruption whereby higher scoring nations were rated as being cleaner. The CPI attributed the all-time low to a range of factors including persistent attacks against free and fair elections as well as a campaign finance system that is increasingly lacking transparency.
The UIC report has provided further detail on the scale of the problem across the US, the types of offenses being committed and where its impact is most severe. While the sheer number of corruption convictions highlighted by the publication is welcome, it nevertheless states that “meaningful and lasting reform can only happen when state legislatures and city councils pass stronger laws effectively regulating conflicts of interest, campaign financing, contracting transparency and corrupt lobbying practices”.
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