Paying Bribes to Get Public Services: A Comparative Guide to Concepts and Measures

CSPP Studies in Public Policy No. 494 (2012)

64 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2012 Last revised: 19 Sep 2014

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Richard Rose

University of Strathclyde - Center for the Study of Public Policy; European Union Institute

Caryn Peiffer

Developmental Leadership Program

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper reviews concepts essential to understand the experience of mass bribery; compares alternative questions used by major multi-national surveys to measure that experience; and reports data from 248 surveys in 125 countries with 285,678 interviews. The major multi-national surveys included are the Global Corruption Barometer of Transparency International, the Life in Transition survey of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Eurobarometer, the Latin American Public Opinion Project and the Afrobarometer. The analysis shows the importance of controlling for contact with public services such as health, education, police and the courts, as well as collecting information about the payment of bribes. There are major differences within continents as well as across continents in bribery. Tables show how differences in the phrasing of questions used to measure key concepts affect answers given.

Keywords: bribery, corruption, surveys, perception, transparency

Suggested Citation

Rose, Richard and Peiffer, Caryn, Paying Bribes to Get Public Services: A Comparative Guide to Concepts and Measures (2012). CSPP Studies in Public Policy No. 494 (2012), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2180793

Richard Rose (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - Center for the Study of Public Policy ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland G1 1XQ
United Kingdom

European Union Institute ( email )

Via dei Roccettini 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Caryn Peiffer

Developmental Leadership Program ( email )

Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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