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Growing feeling of corruption worldwide

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Growing feeling of corruption worldwide

<p>More than one in two people (53%) worldwide feel that corruption has increased in the past two years, according to <a href="http://www.transparency.org/gcb2013" rel="external">a report by the NGO Transparency International</a>.</p> <p>This survey, completed by around 114,000 individuals in 107 different countries, also revealed that 27% of those questioned have had to offer a bribe during the past year in order to gain access to certain public institutions.</p> <p>The public sector is particularly affected, according to those surveyed. Among these, the justice system is considered the most corrupt service in 20 countries, where 30% of citizens having contact with the judicial system had been asked to pay a bribe. Considered the most corrupt public service in 36 countries, the police force came in second, with 53% of citizens accepting money from them.</p> <p>Politics is the most targeted group: 51 countries class politicians as the most corrupt with 55% of the people surveyed declaring that governments act according to their own interests.</p> <p>With confidence in these services lost, citizens no longer believe in the solutions their governments propose: “In the 17 countries surveyed in the G20, 59 per cent of respondents said their government is not doing a good job at fighting corruption” stated Huguette Labelle, president of Transparency International.</p> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="http://public.tableausoftware.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js"></script><div class="tableauPlaceholder" style="width:600px; height:550px;"><noscript><a href="#"><img alt=" " src="http://public.tableausoftware.com/static/images/Co/Corruptionaroundtheworldasreportedbycitizens/Reasonswhypeoplepaidabribe/1_rss.png" style="border: none" /></a></noscript><object class="tableauViz" width="600" height="550" style="display:none;"><param name="host_url" value="http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.tableausoftware.com%2F" /><param name="site_root" value="" /><param name="name" value="Corruptionaroundtheworldasreportedbycitizens/Reasonswhypeoplepaidabribe" /><param name="tabs" value="yes" /><param name="toolbar" value="yes" /><param name="static_image" value="http://public.tableausoftware.com/static/images/Co/Corruptionaroundtheworldasreportedbycitizens/Reasonswhypeoplepaidabribe/1.png" /><param name="animate_transition" value="yes" /><param name="display_static_image" value="yes" /><param name="display_spinner" value="yes" /><param name="display_overlay" value="yes" /><param name="display_count" value="yes" /></object></div><div style="width:600px;height:22px;padding:0px 10px 0px 0px;color:black;font:normal 8pt verdana,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;"><div style="float:right; padding-right:8px;"><a href="http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/about-tableau-products?ref=http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/Corruptionaroundtheworldasreportedbycitizens/Reasonswhypeoplepaidabribe" target="_blank">En savoir plus sur Tableau</a></div></div><br /> <cite>Data by Transparency International</cite></p> <p>And this critical outlook has been accentuated since the 2008 financial crisis. Pre 2008, 31% of citizens considered their government’s actions to fight corruption effective; today this number has dropped to a mere 22%.</p> <p>However, almost nine out of ten people wish to take action against this state of affairs and two thirds of people who were asked to pay a backhander refused to pay it.</p> <p>Transparency International is surging forward with various recommendations to the states: making the assets of politicians and their families public; as well as disclosing the sources of income and revenues of political groups “to make clear who funds them and to reveal potential conflicts of interest”.</p>