Sahu & Gahlot: Perception about Corruption in Public Servicies – A Case of Brics Countries


Purpose: As is increasingly recognized in academic literature and by international organizations, corruption act as major deterrent to growth and development. The aim of this paper is study the perception of general public about the corruption in BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Research Methodology: This research is based on primary data i.e. questionnaire. The questionnaire were distributed in capital of each country i.e. Brasília in Brazil, Moscow in Russia, Delhi in India, Beijing in china and Pretoria in South Africa. The questionnaire was mailed and uploaded on Facebook. The questionnaire was distributed to 150 people of each country. The data is analyzed with the help of graph and tables. Findings: It was found that state authorities initiate corruption. The main causes behind corruption are Public tolerance towards corruption, Absence of political will, Dominance of personal interest over state interest, Ineffective administration, Inefficient control and punishment mechanisms and Lack of independence of the judiciary system. It was observed that Police is the most corrupt service in BRICS countries. Majority of people from Russia, China and South Africa believe that their Government is effective in fighting with corruption while people of Brazil and India don’t have faith in their Government regarding fighting with corruption. Media was found to be most trusted institution in fighting with corruption. The Judiciary should formulate strict law regarding corruption. Originality/value: This research will help Government to get idea about the thinking of general public about corruption in their country.


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