If a government is corrupt, then the people will be corrupt. If a government is fair, then the people will be fair. Though natural resources are major factors in a country’s potential economic wealth, there is a direct correlation between economic success and government corruption. The countries that people perceive to be the most corrupt lead the people of those countries to also become corrupt. Corruption is chaotic and redistributes a country’s wealth to the few who are independently the strongest, at the expense of the majority.
A quick example to put this theory into perspective: In a corrupt country, if you are accused of a crime but have sufficient evidence to prove your innocence, should you be denied an opportunity to present your story, you will eventually learn that the only way to protect yourself is by not relying on the legal system. For when the systematic government is corrupt, the people will consider their own corruption justified.
Based on this hypothesis, I took two sets of data and compared the relationship.
A world map of the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International which measures “the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians”. High numbers (blue) indicate less perception of corruption, whereas lower numbers (red) indicate higher perception of corruption.
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