Mexico: Perceptions of Corruption and the Reality of Progress

By: Patricia Ann Talley, MBA and Editor

The Transparency International Organization recently published the Country Corruption Index for 2015, based on expert opinions of public sector corruption. “Corruption,” as defined by this index, is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs. This year’s index includes 168 countries and territories.

Top performers are perceived to share key characteristics: high levels of press freedom; access to budget information so the public knows where money comes from and how it is spent; high levels of integrity among people in power; and judiciaries that do not differentiate between rich and poor, and that are truly independent from other parts of government. Lower ranked countries are perceived to have poor governance, weak public institutions like police and the judiciary, and a lack of independence in the media.

This is not a report of crime; rather it is a ranking of the perception of the government corruption in a country. Countries/territories are scored on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries/territories in the index.

Denmark ranked #1. Other Scandinavian countries, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany are among the top 10 perceived to be the least corrupt. The United States ranked #16. But, Mexico ranked #95 on the list of 168.

Corruption Index 2015

Mexico’s government, however, is perceived to be better than those in other Latin American countries like Chile, Cuba, Panama, Brazil, Columbia and Peru.

Corruption Index 2015-Latin America

Mexico’s government is also perceived to be better than those in countries like Russia, Iran, Lebanon, or Iraq.

Corruption Index Mexico vs other countries

Mexico’s Progress

The media, especially in North America, often focuses on crime, corruption, and illegal immigration from Mexico. Thus, many people are unaware of other positive facts about Mexico’s progress.

The World Happiness Report 2015 reveals just how happy the people in countries really are. The Gallup Company surveyed the residents of over 150 countries over the period 2012 to 2015 to assess how happy they are. People were asked to score their level of happiness, on a scale from 0 to 10 (very happy), according to six key variables:

  1. Real GDP per capita
  2. Healthy life expectancy
  3. Having someone to count on
  4. Perceived freedom to make life choices
  5. Freedom from corruption
  6. Generosity

Which countries are happiest? The results might surprise you!

The average score of all 150 countries was 5.1 (out of 10). According to the criteria of this report, Mexico ranks #14 on the list with an above average score of 7.19 – higher than the United States that ranks #15 with a score of 7.12.World Happiness Report of Countries

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Posted by Mexico.mx on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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