Sunday, December 19, 2010

Public corruption, private corruption

                                                                                                Oriol Bosch
Last 9 December, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, the Anti-Fraud Office of Catalonia published the survey Corruption in Catalonia: civic perceptions and attitudes. This is the first time that such a thorough survey is ever presented in this country and results are quite interesting.
One of the most astonishing results in this survey is that Catalan citizens are very intransigent with political corruption, but they are rather permissive with business corruption and little everyday corrupt behaviours. For instance, 85% of those polled consider that corruption is more or quite spread in political parties and 21.7% states that the main motivation to become a politician is personal enrichment, whereas only 57% of polled citizens think that trips paid by pharmaceutical laboratories to doctors of the public health systems are to be considered corrupt behaviour.
In this line, 59.4% believe that in cases of corruption between public administrations and private companies, the main responsible is the administration.
Moreover, and much to our regret, citizens consider that fighting for transparency is pointless: 44% believe that corruption is unavoidable and 74% think that we all have a price. Do we?

Sources:
  1. International Anti-Corruption Day: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/events/anti_corruption/index.html
  2. Anti-Fraud Office in Catalonia:  http://www.antifrau.cat/en.html
  3. Survey on citizens’ attitudes and perception of corruption in Catalonia: http://www.antifrau.cat/en/highlightseng/224-presentacio-de-la-primera-enquesta-sobre-les-actituds-i-la-percepcio-ciutadana-davant-la-corrupcio-a-catalunya.html
 

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