… and it seems that not much has changed.
Here’s a more detailed look. The numbers shown below follow the format of “score (rank)”.
As I said before, not much has changed. ASEAN remains just about as corrupt (or non-corrupt) as it was last year. Some minor changes in ranks and in scores, but is probably attributable to the methodological tweaks that Transparency International makes from year to year (they even write disclaimers on their reports to that effect). The full report is available here.
So, what does this lack of significant movement imply for the countries and the region? For individual countries, it could mean that anti-corruption policies are not working as well as the governments expect. It could also be used to explain the successes or failures in implementing public policies over the past year.
Perhaps, the best use of this year’s CPI is as a warning to citizens in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as potential investors into the region: “Brace yourselves. It hasn’t gotten better in the last year, and it probably won’t get much better soon.”