Transparency International

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union

Query

Why are the countries on top of the CPI successful in fighting corruption?

Purpose

We would like to know whether they have transparency mechanisms that could be applied to the Israel situation

Content

1. Introduction
2. Finland
3. Sweden
4. Denmark
5. New Zealand
6. References

Summary

Finland, Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand consistently perform well in the Corruption Perceptions Index and other major governance indicators. While these countries share common characteristics that may create enabling conditions for controlling corruption such as high GDP per capita, equity and literacy rates, media freedom and government openness, etc, there are not many studies that document whether, why and how these countries have managed to limit levels of perceived corruption. In analysing those well performing countries in controlling corruption, this answer focuses more specifically on some of the transparency and accountability mechanisms they have established that could potentially apply to Israel, such as, among others, open government initiatives, regulation on procurement, special anti-corruption agencies, performance budgeting.

Authors

Maira Martini, Transparency International, mmartini@transparency.org
Marie Chêne, Transparency International, mchene@transparency.org

Date

14/11/2011

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