Comparative political corruption: Issues of operationalization and measurement

  • Thomas D. Lancaster
  • Gabriella R. Montinola


As with other areas of comparative political inquiry, analyses of political corruption must carefully negotiate around numerous methodological issues. In this article, we focus primarily on problems of operationalization and measurement of corruption. We evaluate the major examples of cross-country measures of corruption that have recently emerged and review research that has incorporated the new measures. We end with a discussion of an alternative method for the cross-national measurement and analysis of corruption, one that might also facilitate the goal of establishing universal principles and causal claims about political corruption.


Comparative International Development Qualitative Comparative Analysis Corruption Perception Index Comparative Politics Political Corruption 
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