Author Archives: Michael Hershman

The Fight Against Corruption is Not Over

 

With the release of the new and re-formulated Transparency International Corruption Perception Index and the beginning of another Anti-Corruption Week, perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on where we have been and what more is left to do.

Since the advent of the modern anti-corruption movement almost 20 years ago (I refer to the date of the founding of Transparency International in  1993), much has been accomplished.  If I were asked what the greatest achievement has been, I would have to say that it has been the public acceptance of the notion that corruption is not an acceptable practice in any society, regardless of the political structure of the government.  The fact that for the past 20 years corruption has been a topic of discussion at almost all significant international forums dealing with issues related to trade, human rights, poverty, economic opportunity, and crime has all but ensured that this is a subject which will not simply fade away.

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