Technical report describing main survey results

Without strong and well-functioning accountability systems, corruption moves in and risks becoming the modus operandi in political and public life. While a simple proposition in the abstract, accountability systems may encompass a panoply of government rules, organizational structures, modes of operation, agencies, offices and mandates, and the effectiveness of these may be contingent upon the effective participation non-state actors such as the media, civil society organizations, and citizens more generally. The aim of WP11 is to offer knowledge and insight on a number of accountability mechanisms generally regarded as crucial to reducing corruption, but for which rigorous empirical data and investigation have been lacking.
As a first essential step in accomplishing this aim, the Quality of Government Institute carried out a large-scale survey of a total of 1294 public administration experts from 122 countries throughout the world, with an average of ten experts making assessments on each country. This report describes three main blocks of the survey, namely those related to: 1) the organization of the bureaucracy, 2) the characteristics of the national audit agency, and 3) the degree to which government operations are transparent, and more specifically transparent in a way that can allow for the detection of corruption.

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