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Anti-Corruption Attorneys Examine Transparency International’s 24th Annual Corruption Perception Index

Practices: Anti-Corruption / International Risk

On January 29, Transparency International (TI) released its 24th annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, and it is an internationally well-respected measure of corruption. Litigation and enforcement partner Ryan Rohlfsen and associates Patrick Reinikainen and Andrew Kaplan co-authored an article published by The Anti-Corruption Report that provides key critiques and takeaways of the 2018 CPI report.

Notably, the United States dropped out of the CPI’s Top 20 cleanest countries for the first time since 2011 with a score of 71. The authors write, “The extensive news coverage into the investigations relating to the 2016 election ostensibly have not helped the perceived level of corruption in the U.S. […] It remains to be seen, however, whether the U.S.’ score and ranking in 2018 is reflective of a moment in political turmoil or represents an increasing view that the U.S. is more corrupt than it once was.”

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