The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries in terms of the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians. It is a complex index, often called the “survey of surveys”, drawing on corruption-related data from expert and business surveys carried out by various independent and well-known institutions. The CPI reflects views from around the world, including those of experts who are living in the countries evaluated.

The TI CPI focuses on corruption in the public sector, and defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain. The surveys used in compiling the CPI ask questions related to the misuse of public power for private benefit, for example bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, as well as  questions that probe the strength of anti-corruption policies, thereby encompassing both administrative and political corruption.

It is difficult to assess the overall levels of corruption in different countries based on hard empirical data, for example, by comparing the amount of bribes or the number of prosecutions or court cases. For example, in the latter case, comparative data do not reflect actual levels of corruption. Rather, it shows the quality of work done by prosecutors, courts and the media in exposing corruption. Therefore, a useful method of compiling cross-country data is to rely on the experience and perceptions of those who are most directly confronted with corruption in a country.

The complex index scores on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (low levels of corruption, highly clean) using 13 different sources.

Related pages

CPI 2018

Hungary has stabilised its position at the tail-end in both the European Union and in Central and Eastern Europe, as ...

CPI 2017

  Hungary placed 66th with 45 points on Transparency International’s latest global corruption rankings. This is ...

CPI 2016

Hungary’s perception in terms of corruption is still in decline – this is the conclusion of the 2016 global sur...

CPI 2015

Hungary’s anticorruption performance is deteriorating – concludes the 2015 global survey of Transparency Intern...

CPI 2013

HUNGARY IS CORRUPT – AND IT IS NOT THE ONLY ONE As every year, Transparency International conducted one of the world’...

CPI 2012

A growing outcry over corrupt governments forced several leaders from office last year, but as the dust has cleared i...

CPI 2011

On December 1, 2011 Transparency International published its 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index where Hungary ranked 5...

CPI 2010

According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2010 revealed today the perception of cor...

CPI 2009

Corruption threatens global economic recovery, greatly challenges countries in conflict As the world economy begins t...

CPI 2008

The Corruption Perceptions Index published by Transparency International shows deterioration from last year in the st...

CPI 2007

Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action Concerted efforts needed in rich and poor countr...

CPI 2006

The 2006 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), launched today by Transparency International (TI), points to a strong co...
Donation Newsletter signup

Subscribe to our mailing list

Stay up-to-date!

You can cancel your subscription any time.