Mapping Corruption & its Institutional Determinants in Brazil

IRIBA Working Paper: 08

45 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2014

See all articles by Lindsey D. Carson

Lindsey D. Carson

Arnold & Porter, LLP; Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Mariana Mota Prado

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the status, sources, and forms of corruption in Brazil. While the country outperforms many of its regional and developmental peers on various corruption-related indicators, corruption continues to plague many areas of public life, most notably in regional and state governments, political parties, parliament, and public procurement at all levels of government.

After analysing what various metrics reveal about the character and level of corruption in Brazil, we examine how specific scandals have impacted anti-corruption initiatives in the country. We conclude with an overview of the various institutions oriented towards fighting corruption in Brazil, highlighting how systemic failures and deficiencies undermine the performance of accountability mechanisms, particularly at the punishment level.

Keywords: corruption, Brazil, institutional multiplicity, accountability mechanisms, institutions

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Carson, Lindsey D. and Prado, Mariana Mota, Mapping Corruption & its Institutional Determinants in Brazil (August 1, 2014). IRIBA Working Paper: 08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497935 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2497935

Lindsey D. Carson (Contact Author)

Arnold & Porter, LLP ( email )

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Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) ( email )

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Mariana Mota Prado

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

78 and 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.utoronto.ca/faculty/prado

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