How Much Are Politicians Around the World Paid, and How Effective Are They? How Much Are Politicians Around the World Paid, and How Effective Are They?
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How Much Are Politicians Around the World Paid, and How Effective Are They?

by Zach Frechette

June 12, 2009
The recent MP expense scandal in Britain-we wrote about it briefly here-prompted GOOD contributor Ryan Bowman to put together this interactive graphic about how much parliamentarians (Bowman is British, I think, or at least lives there, or has lived there, or has surely visited, which is why he can use words like that) around the world are paid. The chart, which looks at 60 countries, also compares that salary number to something he's deemed the Good Governance Metric, which is an average of various democracy and human rights indices.A quick primer on reading the chart: the further a dot is from the center, the more an MP from that country makes in relation to the average citizen. And the greater the angle from the yellow line (you can toggle the angles on and off), the worse that country's governance is. So, depending on how much you think politicians should be paid relative to ther rest of us, the closer a dot is to the center point, and to the top of the yellow line, the more ideal. It sounds complicated, but like all good infographics (and most GOOD infographics), the payoff is worth it.
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How Much Are Politicians Around the World Paid, and How Effective Are They?