Not Just In Casablanca: Corruption Remains Global Challenge

More than 1 in 4 people globally had reported paying a bribe when using public services and institutions in the previous 12 months, according to Transparency International. The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 found the figures were highest in the African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone, where 75 percent and 84 percent said they paid a bribe, respectively. Conversely, in Australia, Denmark, Finland and Japan only one percent admitted to paying a bribe. In the United States, 7 percent of those surveyed reported paying a bribe.

The survey gathered responses from more than 114,000 people in 107 countries.

“Bribe paying levels remain very high worldwide, but people believe they have the power to stop corruption and the number of those willing to combat the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery is significant, “ said Huguette Labelle, the Chair of Transparency International, in a statement.

While corruption may seem a problem in the abstract, there are real-world effects, according to TI’s Robin Hodes. She writes in a recent blog post that corruption “will make it progressively difficult to turn the gains of short-term growth into long term benefits” and contends those companies engaging in corrupt activities “trade short-term gain for long-term instability.”

Book Review: Why The Enlightenment Still Matters
Author Anthony Pagden argues in his book The Enlightenment – and why it still matters that the greatest legacy of the Enlightenment is the belief that all humans “share a common identity and thus belong ultimately to a single global community.”

In his review in The Guardian, Kenan Malik says Pagden posits that unlike the Renaissance or the Reformation, “the Enlightenment is not simply a historical moment but one through which debates about the contemporary world are played out. Pagden, too, writes with one eye to current discussions about, and attacks on, cosmopolitanism.”



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