According to the latest Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International, Jordan now ranks 47 (2008), down rather significantly from last year’s position of 53. The Kingdom ranked 40 in 2006 and 37 in 2005 and 2004.
It should be noted that TI measures perceived corruption, employing a methodology that usually consists of surveys that poll experts, business people, banks and various institutions in the country. So with all the talk of corruption this past year, I’m a bit surprised the ranking went down.
The Nordic countries rock the top rankings as usual.
What’s their secret?
The secret? Wealth. A long democratic tradition. A functioning Rechtsstaat. But most of all it is wealth, I think.
Wealth and equal distribution of wealth is important no doubt about it. But one might ask – didn’t the Nordic countries become wealthy because they had eradicated corruption? I think so, because how can you become wealthy – at least sustainably – and at the same time be a corrupt society.
Rule-of-Law government is also important in particular as it creates a culture where it is utterly unacceptable to any citizen to give or receive favours – be it money or preferential treatment. And let’s not forget the press that keeps the gutter clean.
BTW Denmark made it to the pole position for the second time in a row.
I think the secret is transparency. All government officials and agencies are accountable for their actions and how they follow the established rule-of-law. In essence, I think Thomas hit the nail on the head.
It’s surprising that Qatar and UAE are doing well. Good for them.
Actors and Institutions
Actors that uphold the rule of law
and institutions that make this attainable and sustainable
As for wealth, I doubt so.
It has more to do with the equal distribution of wealth, health/social services, as well as education (aka an educational system that entrenches the right values and appropriate skills in its graduates, as opposed to our educational system that does quite the opposite as many students get admitted, pass their courses and graduate with the help of influence-peddling and corruption)
I would add the independence of the media from businesses and the existence of investigatory journalism acting as a separate monitoring apparatus.
You know where else Denmark has been ranked on top? Sometime last year I watched one of those evening show specials (20/20) on which country is the “happiest”-or where the happiest people were. It was found that people in Denmark are the happiest. I’m not sure about corruption, but their secret for happiness seems to be that they have pretty balanced lives.
Check out “Denmark: the Happiest Place on Earth”
This can’t be a coincidence, there must be an inverse relationship between corruption and happiness!
did you notice iraq rank? 😀
meanwhile on another planet:
Queen Elizabeth asks Parliament for millions of extra funding
The Queen has had her plea for millions of pounds of extra public money turned down by the Government.
By Jessica Salter
Last Updated: 2:25PM BST 25 Sep 2008
Palace aides have said there is a Â£6.5 million black hole in the royal accounts and claim Parliament has a constitutional duty to ensure the Queen is financially secure.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport already gives the palace an annual grant of Â£15m a year, and ministers say that budgets are already stretched.
Royal aides claim the palaces will need Â£32m of refurbishment and maintenance in the next 10 years and the costs of maintaining the Royal Household are increasing.
The grant was set in the 1990s and has been frozen for a further three years.
The Civil List, an additional sum provided by Parliament to pay for the monarchâ€™s public functions, is fixed at Â£7.9m, but this yearâ€™s palace accounts show that expenditure will reach Â£14.4m – an overspend of Â£6.5m.
A Palace source told the Independent: â€œWe have spent a lot of time convincing the Department for Culture Media and Sport of the merits of our case but I am not convinced they are listening very carefully to our arguments. It is a major disappointment.â€
The Treasury say that an announcement on the Civil List will be made â€œin due courseâ€.
In June the Queenâ€™s accountant Sir Alan Reid asked for a minimum Â£4 million annual increase on top of the Â£15 million annual grant from the for maintenance of royal residences but was turned down.
Just to add to Londonerâ€™s comment,
Yes in Britain, the queen asked for more money (tax-payers money) to be directed towards renovating Buckingham Palace (which is not in a great state- her house, the poor woman!), arguing that itâ€™s a national heritage symbol, that brings lots of money into Britain as a major tourist attraction, so the public should pay for its maintenance!
Of course the tax-payers argued that the royals already receive huge portions from the government funding budget, so they might as well, deal with matter themselves!
This is a good example on TRANSPERANCY, the right of every citizen to know where every single penny is spent. Do we have such a thing in Jordan? I am not sure if we even have a decent financial budget to begin with.
Another example from Britain; is when Prince Philip (the Queenâ€™s husband) was called to provide his statement in court against Mohammad Al-Fayedâ€™s â€œallegationsâ€ of plotting to murder the late Princess Diana, leaving the facts aside, this is still an example of the RULE-OF-LAW state, where no one is above the law. In Jordanâ€™s standards, where EVERY citizen is above the law! â€“ which is a privilege if you come to think of it â€“ it seems that we still have a long long way to go!