[quote=“Boomer”]There is no disputing that the CPI average has not dropped significantly this year over the previous years.
The way I read this report is that the purpose of the rating is to compare it to other countries.
When compared to other countries Taiwan’s attempt at eradicating corruption has been marginal at best and far behind other nations. Many of the other nations in the report that have made signifigant improvements have less resources than Taiwan.[/quote]
Well… first of all… corruption is a problem in Taiwan, but not a huge one on the scale of say Zaire or China.
Taiwan could do better, but we have to compare the country to other countries on the same level of the ladder seen from a cultural and economical standpoint:
Hong Kong 8.0
South Korea 4.5
All the countries here are more or less in SE or E Asia.
let’s see at the countries above them:
Singapore and Hong Kong are former British colonies with a very strong stnce against corruption and strong institutions in place as a safeguard against it. (OK they may be weakening in HK, but… some like ICAC remains in place largely unscathed).
Japan is more than twice as rich as Taiwan and has been a democracy for a great deal longer time.
The country I would compare closest to Taiwan is South Korea - 4.5, which is a few notches below Taiwan. Malaysia has a score closer to that of Taiwan - but has a very different “mindset” and has the additional advantage of having lived under British law for some time.
China, Philippines, etc. are basked cases compared to Taiwan.
Yes, the corruption level here as measured by TI is higher than in say Scandinavia, but lower than in several European countries. So dissapointing, as you suggest in the title of this thread? hardly by my book.
Also, there is room for improvement, and I would look hard at what the British did in Hong Kong in the 1970’s as a good example of what could be done. But it will come in due course as institutions here mature, and people start to see corruption as a problem.