A central theme of Transparency International’s 2018 corruption perceptions index is the relationship between democracy and corruption. Certainly one can’t deny the threats to democracy in very diverse countries across the globe. Nor can one deny increasing levels of corruption or the fact that in many countries attacks on the democracy coincide with increasing levels of corruption — think about the US, Turkey, India, Hungary, Brazil, to name a few. And think about our country — does our experience evidence a relationship between our democracy and corruption?

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