Sellin', drillin', bribin'


Transparency International's 2008 bribery index was released recently. Among other things, the index measures how likely companies in each sector are to bribe public officials. The winners this year:

  1. Public works contracts & construction
  2. Real estate & property development
  3. Oil & gas
  4. Heavy manufacturing
  5. Mining


As for the state capture category, or "the frequency that sectors attempt to exert influence on government legislation, laws and decision-making through private payments to public officials," the results are similar:

  1. Public works contracts & construction
  2. Oil & gas
  3. Mining
  4. Real estate & property development
  5. Heavy manufacturing


Enough said.


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