Johnston, “Measuring the New Corruption Rankings”

1960s style definitions.

Difference between “concept” and “measurement”

Validity (meaning), Reliability (stability), Precision (fineness)

Level of measurement question. Are the numbers meaningful? How compare across time/countries?

First Generation measures: Sample survey tools

Focus on Transparency International’s CPI

What is the meaning of the questions asked? Do they gauge breadth and depth of corruption (my terms, not his)

Second Generation

TI had warned people not to interpret their numbers literally, but people did.

So look for more subtle information

Bribe Payer’s Index (BPI)

Usual conclusion. Still more work to do.

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Paul E. Johnson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. He is an avid Linux User, an adequate system administrator and C programmer, and humility is one of his greatest strengths.
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