Transparency & accountability

Perception of corruption affects Mexico’s standings in World Bank Governability report

The World Bank released its most recent report on Worldwide Governance Indicators, and Mexico’s standing was impacted by its perceived troubles with political stability, violence and corruption. The results put Mexico behind Chile, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Brazil. Mexico’s score of 49.8 points takes it lower on the scale for the third consecutive year.

The measurements are based on six basic indicators: Voice and Accountability; Political Stability and Absence of Violence; Government Effectiveness; Regulatory Quality; Rule of Law and Control of Corruption. The aggregate indicators measure the quality of governance in more than 200 countries. The findings are based on perceptions among a diverse group of people surveyed, as well as on other assessment data that allows for cross-country comparisons. Information is culled from businesses, individuals and government officials. It also includes input from think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations, according to the project website.

However, Mexico did improve in other categories such as freedom of expression, association, and the press. In the category of “creating a political or regulatory framework that permits and promotes the development of the private sector,” Mexico placed fourth among other countries in Latin America.

From the July Justice in Mexico Project’s Monthly News Report:


“BM: Repueba Mexico lucha anticorrupcion.” Milenio. June 30, 2009.

Worldwide Governance Indicators. “ Governance Matters, 2009.”

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