The report gave the US a score of 71 for 2018 and a global ranking of 22, down from 75 score and 16th ranking in 2017. The last time the US scored this badly was 201
The new ranking places the US directly behind France – which has a score of 72 – and right in front of the United Arab Emirates, which holds a score of 70. Denmark, the country with the lowest measured corruption, scored 88 and Somalia received the highest ranking with a score of 10.
In a statement, the organization said the US score "comes at a time when the US is experiencing threats to its system of checks and balances as well as an erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power. "
Speaking generally about the report, Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, said "corruption chips away at democracy to produce a vicious cycle, where corruption undermines democratic institutions and, in turn, weak institutions are less able to control corruption. . "
She added," With many democratic institutions under threat across the globe – often by leaders with authoritarian or populist tendencies – we need to strengthen checks and balances and protect citizens' rights. "
Susan Ariel Aaronson, a research professor of international affairs at George Washington University who has expertise in anti-corruption, customs CNN she found the report "extremely depressing."
"Never, I think that the US would disimprove. thought that we would improve, "Aaronson said, adding that if she were to teach a class on government corruption as she used to," I'd be teaching and entirely different course. "
"I think Trump has done a lot to undermine trust among Americans," she said.
To combat corruption around the world, the report provided several suggestions for governments, including "the implementation gap" between anti-corruption legislation and enforcement, strengthening institutions intended to maintain checks and balances on political power, and increasing protections for journalists.