"Exceptional" USA Only 18th In World For Transparency

Tyler Durden's picture

After coming out of a 2016 Presidential election cycle in which one candidate was the subject of multiple federal investigations related to illegal pay-to-play activities as well as the illegal destruction of federal records subject to a Congressional subpoena, perhaps it shouldn't be so shocking that the United States was ranked 18th on Transparency International's 2016 "Corruption Perceptions Index."  But irrespective of our expectations, here is how the United States stacks up against other countries in terms of mass corruption of our publicly elected officials and the institutions they run.


And while the United States may not suffer from the widespread issues that plague the most corrupt nations of the world, certainly there is a growing distrust of the public institutions in Washington D.C. and the lifelong politicians that have all somehow managed to amass substantial fortunes from their careers in "public service". 

The lower-ranked countries in our index are plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary. Even where anti-corruption laws are on the books, in practice they're often skirted or ignored. People frequently face situations of bribery and extortion, rely on basic services that have been undermined by the misappropriation of funds, and confront official indifference when seeking redress from authorities that are on the take.


Grand corruption thrives in such settings. Cases like Petrobras and Odebrecht in Brazil or the saga of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine show how collusion between businesses and politicians siphons off billions of dollars in revenue from national economies, benefitting the few at the expense of the many. This kind of systemic grand corruption violates human rights, prevents sustainable development and fuels social exclusion.


Higher-ranked countries tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems. But high-scoring countries can't afford to be complacent, either. While the most obvious forms of corruption may not scar citizens' daily lives in all these places, the higher-ranked countries are not immune to closed-door deals, conflicts of interest, illicit finance, and patchy law enforcement that can distort public policy and exacerbate corruption at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, here is how the United States has trended over time compared to the other nations of the world...a 74 is solid C...we're passing!


And here is a brief summary from Transparency International on how the various regions of the world fared in their 2016 corruption study.

Americas: From the Panama Papers in April to the record US$3.5 billion Odebrecht settlement in Brazil in December, 2016 was a good year in the fight against corruption in the Americas. But there is still a long way to go.


Asia Pacific: Unfortunately, the majority of Asia Pacific countries sit in the bottom half of this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Poor performance can be attributed to unaccountable governments, lack of oversight, insecurity and shrinking space for civil society, pushing anti-corruption action to the margins in those countries.


Europe and Central Asia: There are no drastic changes in Europe and Central Asia on this year’s index, with only a few exceptions. However, this does not mean that the region is immune from corruption. The stagnation also does not indicate that the fight against corruption has improved, but rather the opposite.


Middle East and North Africa: Despite the political changes that shook the Arab region six years ago, the hope for Arab countries to fight corruption and end impunity has not seen any progress yet. This explains the sharp drop of most of Arab countries on the 2016 index – 90 percent of these have scored below 50, which is a failing grade.


Sub Saharan Africa: 2016 saw elections across the African continent with the results providing a good reflection of corruption trends in the region. In Ghana, for example, voters voiced their dissatisfaction with the government's corruption record at the polls where, for the first time in Ghana's history, an incumbent president was voted out.

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hooligan2009's picture

priceless picture of hillary to sign off...hahahaha

InjectTheVenom's picture


....but #1 in the world for snowflakes !!!

D Nyle's picture

I'm happy were that high up


The Wizard's picture

Look at some in the top 10 what "transparency" got them:

This is why it is a bogus map. The comparison should not be the U.S. vs. other countries but rather what was envisioned by the founders and the law. If we lived in a country where local control had the power and authority, the U.S. map would not be comparable. It would be much easier for the Citizens to make the government be transparent with local control. Screw what other countries do or don't do, Donald said he wants to focus on America, so do it and bring back local control and decentralize the DC swamp.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Corruption Perception Index with methodology available upon request. Index itself is extremely transparent, not.

Ghordius's picture

+1, the key word is perception, and the methodology used... one word: Belarus


BorisTheBlade's picture

I too noticed their progress.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Transparency International is funded by western governments and multinational corporations. Their Corruption Perceptions Index uses different methodologies and samples every year, which means valid year-to-year comparisons are difficult if not impossible.

They refused to offer Edward Snowden any support.

The American chapter of Transparency International in 2012 presented its Integrity Award to Hillary Clinton.

Another typical western stink tank.


IvanDorn's picture

The only one thing you need to know about this index, Russia is #131 and Colombia is #90.


sober_kiwi's picture

We loose John Key and gain two points. 2016 was a good year!

Twee Surgeon's picture

Sorry, what was it you said ? ah, yes, John Key. John Key ? who the hell is John Key. If your going to be retarded, please do it in single posts.

sober_kiwi's picture

My appologies. Ive never seen the double post thing occur so badly before.
Originally posted from Ghostery browser on iOS 10.2
John key was the prime minister of New Zealand, there was a good discussion about his conspicious resignation on the other thread "Elites Eying The Exits Signals America's Crisis"
Please forgive me ZH for the DP spam below

sober_kiwi's picture

We loose John Key and gain two points. 2016 was a good year!

sober_kiwi's picture

We loose John Key and gain two points. 2016 was a good year!

highly debtful's picture

You sure you're a sober kiwi? You seem to have a bad case of the hiccups. 

Twee Surgeon's picture

Exceptional infested with fleas, ticks, lice and other parasites, the USA a needs a walk through a  sheep dip tank.

Kina's picture

But I thought Obama said his was going to be the most transparent Administration ever... LoL

It was the total opposie, his was the worst ever.

BlueSulla's picture

I've not read the report in detail, but it is a little puzzling as to why the UK has gone from a score of 74 to 81 in the space of 4 years with nothing that comes to mind that warrents a change of 10%

orangegeek's picture

LMFAO - and a bunch of euro countries are leading the pack.


Bullshit deluxe.

DuneCreature's picture

I hope this DynCorp thing that implicates everyone inside the Washington DC beltway doesn't have anything to do with a poor USSA corruption rating.

George Webb seems to think the only way to fix this is to let everyone get away with it and pretend it didn't happen.

From the ~~~ (( Too Fucked Up To Fix File )) ~~~

-- Too Many To Jail --


Hell, we might as well let them keep the money too.

Live Hard, From The Pirate Capital Of The Planet Earth, Die Free

~ DC v4.0

escapeefromOZ's picture

The USA should not be 18th ranked for transparency but the last one . Just think for a moment this  :


 1) 9 trillion dollars disappeared from the Pentagon . 

2)  The Gary McKinnon saga .. he viewed documents relating to movement of military officers in space stations. or bases . 

     The criminals in charge wanted to jail him for 70 years . Where is the transparency on this subject ?  Hiding  important        information from the public and the world ? 

3)  The NASA ( Never A Straight Answer ) uses rocket technology to throw smoke in the eyes of the public when in reality there is the tecnnology to travel to the stars  . Where is the transparency here ? Is is Secret of State Bullshit as usual coming from the various idiotic secret agencies ? The Morons have been in charge for too long !

TEOTWAIKI's picture

Is it just a coinidence that most of the countries on the top of the list are (or used to be) inhabitated by people with white skin?

Memedada's picture

Or all the countries on the top of the list are plural democracies (=not like the USA, a totalitarian corporate fascist system masquerading as a democratic republic) with a well-functioning welfare state:


  •  independent publicly funded medias (that by law may not be influenced by the politicians and with a budget that cannot be cut between election-cycles) that are not controlled/owned by the same class that owns the government = again, not like USA.
  •  well-funded and for the student free (=only merit determines what education you can get) public education systems = again, not like USA where the “education” system is an indoctrination-system and where the “real/prestigious” education can only be obtain from a privately owned institution (again, owned by the same people that owns the medias and de facto the state). The ZH-crowd from US is easy to identify – they’re “educated” by centuries of corporate propaganda within the “education system” or from the MSM in US
  •  public funding of political parties – based on the amount of votes the party gets (=real people-power and not like the Mammoncracy of US)
  •  no legalized bribery and corruption – like the US “election” that is designed by law to be won by money-interests


But then again, all western "democracies" are also full of corruption. It is just not perceived that way. Our very economic systems are based on fraud and corruption. And in the countries that are ruled by private power/fascist countries that fraud and corruption includes the political system as well.


BritBob's picture

And Argentina, in dark red,m still has it's fantasy Malvinas claim (supported by just about everyone else in dark red).


Oooh it's just a mythical tale: Argentina's Illegitimate Sovereignty Claims V2: https://www.academia.edu/27599163/Argentinas_Illegitimate_Sovereignty_Cl...


One page destroys the myth...

OliverAnd's picture

This study is a joke.  Switzerland is ranked 5th, yet in its banking system there are billions of stolen money from leaders around the world.  The same is true for Singapore.  Meanwhile Netherlands is embedded in drugs and prostitution.  In Sweden you litterally walk over people lying on sidewalks who are all drugged up. Let us not forget Germany, the European capital for prostitution (more so than Netherlands); and of course the fact that so many German firms are involved in corruption scandals around the world.  Oh and there is Canada with Justin Trudeau...  Corruption PERSEPTION study...  through the eyes of whom and from what nation(s) trying to influence us from 'seeing' their way? 

JailBanksters's picture

Most countries it's only 1 or 2 ticks up or down year after year.

Basically, the voters keep voting for the same morons in the same parties and expecting different results each time.



Cassandra.Hermes's picture

After Trump expect to be in the 100s, didn't he just censored his agency, and now he is trying to do the same with the news, all these alternative facts, and gaslighting didn't exist a year ago. At least american will start reading again, 

Sales of George Orwell's 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts'
libertysghost's picture

Two people debating an issue generally rely on "alternative facts" to make their points.  You understand that, correct? One side finds certain facts more "important" or "compelling" than the other and hence, they end up disagreeing.  


You honestly don't believe there are "alternative facts" in the world?  The MSM gives you all the "real facts" and whatever they don't include cannont be facts then?  I'm curious how you argue this point...apparently you would use "alternative facts" from the set of facts I would present showing how the MSM lies to their consumers throughout everyday...and all days.  


Burticus's picture

"Pay to play" is the statists' Newspeak word for BRIBERY.  Prosecute and hang.

spanish inquisition's picture

If you want to find the most corruption, go where the most money is....wall street and dc.

Moribundus's picture

It is lot worse in corruption rotten amerika.

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.


Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” 

? Frédéric Bastiat

1, NYC collected $4 milions for unexisting parking violations

2, NYC issued 900 000 tickets not based on law

3, traffik violation ticket SURCHARGE goes often to private hands

NY is just example, but like this is all over USA

Banjo's picture

Good to see all the "Bad guys" have suitably low scores.