Corruption is leading indicator for political unrest, study finds

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Corruption is a leading indicator for political instability and 64 countries where fraud and bribery are widespread risk falling into violent upheaval, a global think tank said in a new report. While anti-corruption researchers long have argued the corrosive power of corruption, its political impact has never before been measured globally. By examining the linkage between corruption measures and peaceful societies, the research by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) based in Sydney finds strong statistical evidence that high and rising levels of corruption can undermine security, and that only small increases can cause civil unrest.

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