A week ago, Transparency International published its fifteenth annual Corruption
, which scores countries on the basis of a variety
of independent reports on and surveys about corruption, including those
from the World Bank and other development banks, and those surveying
journalists, business executives, and international organization staff.
Here in the U.S., the big news is that, for the first time, the U.S.
has fallen out of the top 20 least corrupt nations, mainly due, it
appears, to the effect of money in politics and the information that
came out due to the financial crisis. The U.S. fell from 18 to 22, just
behind Chile and just ahead of Uruguay.