Well, yes

Corruption among officials is most prevalent in Somalia and North Korea while the country where the authorities are seen as least likely to take a bribe is Denmark, according to an authoritative new study.

Corruption in N Korea is quite unlike anything I’ve seen elsewhere. Quite different even from Russia. It wasn’t so much that one bribed an official to get around government, it was that the bribe was to government itself.

9 comments on “Well, yes

  1. Ah. But I see an inverse relationship between levels of taxation & levels of corruption. And we know where out taxes go to, don’t we?
    Nah! Just some countries institutionalise it.& some don’t.

  2. I was looking at this earlier.

    I like the way they have managed to ensure Italy is at the bottom of the Europe pile – any score below Italy’s is deemed to be Eastern Europe..

  3. @ PF
    You seem to be assuming that all Communist, ex-communist and Communist-sympathising countries are more corrupt than western countries. So Russia and China would be more corrupt than the USA and UK, North Korea more corrupt than South Korea, in Latin America Venezuela would be more corrupt than Chile, in Africa Angola and Zimbabwe more corrupt than Kenya and Nigeria, in the Middle East Yemen more corrupt than Saudi Arabia or the UAE…

  4. john77 – “You seem to be assuming that all Communist, ex-communist and Communist-sympathising countries are more corrupt than western countries.”

    There is peer-reviewed evidence of precisely this.

    I am surprised about North Korea though. Because Communist states usually watch foreigners carefully and if a local takes bribes, they shoot him. Corruption is for the powerless within.

  5. I’m reading (as slowly as possible) The Dictators’ Handbook. So far it seems not to go far enough, but there are some interesting insights in the various forms I can be corrupt, once I rule the world.

    (Strokes white cat, throws it in piranha pool.)

  6. @:SMFS
    You were supposed to look at the attached chart which is, presumably, peer-reviewed and does show *just that*.
    In China the Communist party does not shoot someone taking bribes from foreigners: instead the official’s wife poisons the foreigner paying bribes when he starts to be unco-oiperative.

  7. bloke in france – “but there are some interesting insights in the various forms I can be corrupt, once I rule the world.”

    Somewhat dated but also useful would be Edward Luttwak’s Coup d’Etat: A Handbook. For some of the practical details.

    “(Strokes white cat, throws it in piranha pool.)”

    Do you need a minion? I feel I could be a good minion.

    john77 – “You were supposed to look at the attached chart which is, presumably, peer-reviewed and does show *just that*.”

    Research? Pah! Who needs research? Why do you think it is peer reviewed?

    “In China the Communist party does not shoot someone taking bribes from foreigners: instead the official’s wife poisons the foreigner paying bribes when he starts to be unco-oiperative.”

    Actually I am somewhat doubtful about that story. How drunk would you have to be before a little five foot nothing Chinese girl could hold you down and pour poison down your throat? China is in the middle of getting countries to return officials who have immigrated. They are having a lot of success too. I expect mass shootings. I also expect it has nothing to do with corruption. That is just what the government says to cover intra-party disputes.

  8. So old Prez Xi is supposed to be doing this big corruption crack down. Earlier this year there was an ‘independent’ (lol) CCTV (the Chinese national broadcaster) expose about the sex trade here in Dongguan and the outcome of this was the old mayor getting the boot so Xi could put one of his cronies in power. The new crony immediately shuts down all ‘spas’ for three months then he decides he’s gonna shut every bar and nightclub in this city of 8 million for 3 months too. So every bar had this white police tape crossing the door and was supposed to be shut for 3 months. After a few days they all started opening again after paying huge bribes (some big nightclubs about 2m RMB!!) and the new corrupt bastard made millions in a week.

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