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Assessing Trends in Corruption and Impact of Anti-Corruption Measures

Valts Kalnins for OECD/ACN
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This paper aims to grasp the state of the art in measuring corruption and assessing government performance against corruption. This document is not an in-depth study and it does not provide any definite answers about which approach is best. Instead it intends to spark discussions on this complex subject.

It is also the intention to facilitate discussion on the role of various actors (governmental and non-governmental, national and international) in measuring corruption and assessing anticorruption activities. A major observation is that no ideal method for measuring corruption exists. Each approach has its limitations.1 However, this observation gives no grounds for giving up efforts to measure corruption as well as to assess anticorruption activities. Various remedies exist to overcome the limitations.

This paper was prepared by Mr. Valts Kalnins, Centre for Public Policy Providus, Advisory Board of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, Latvia, on the request of the OECD/ACN Secretariat. The draft is presented at the ACN meeting 30-31 May 2005, Istanbul.