People and Corruption: Europe and Central Asia 2016

Filed under - Transparency International

Report published 16 November 2016
Image of publication cover

Europe has seen a surge in recent years of support for populist and nationalist movements – from Spain to the UK to Turkey. The reasons are manifold and complex, but are driven to a large degree by the belief that traditional democratic institutions – governments, political parties – are failing to deliver on promises of prosperity and equal opportunity and that they cannot be trusted. Corruption is central to this story – both the failure of governments to properly address corruption and their complicity in corrupt or clientelist schemes. It has become impossible to ignore systemic corruption in the way business influences politics, as shown by the on-going trial of 37 executives and politicians in Spain who are alleged to have been involved in a “kickbacks-for-contracts” scheme for nearly a decade.ii Examples such as this can give ordinary citizens the impression that public spending and public policy is distorted to favour the few over the many.

Download the report





Topic - Access to information   |   Accountability   |   Advocacy   |   Civil society   |   Governance   |   Intergovernmental bodies   |   Politics and government   |   Transparency International   

True stories

Corruption derailed

When a new city mayor took office in 2010, he contacted the team to ask for their help in rooting out corruption in the transport office.Read the story

Keeping schools clean

The head teacher and governing body chair of a school in Soweto, South Africa were accused of stealing public funds. With the help of local ...Read the story