United Kingdom is one of the oldest countries in the world to have established good governance. While often justly criticized for not taking harsher measures against corrupt foreigners who launder their funds through its financial system, UK has an impeccable domestic control of corruption, with extremely competitive and transparent public procurement and a party finance regulation which far exceeds the European average. Its anticorruption legislation is the most advanced in the world and its increasing enforcement for corrupt dealings abroad opens room for great progress in other nations as well. There is some concern towards the capacity of the press to play the role it has historically played against corruption, due to its financial vulnerability and the legal harassment of journalists in civil Courts. Control of conflict of interest at executive level could also be stepped up.
Selected trends from the Public Integrity Index
Trends in Judicial Independence, Administrative Burden, Freedom of the Press over the past 13 years