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Brazilian Anti-Corruption Legislation and Its Enforcement: Potential Lessons for Institutional Design

IRIBA Working Paper: 09

40 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2014 Last revised: 27 Nov 2014

Mariana Mota Prado

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Lindsey D. Carson

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

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

This paper examines the reforms and institutions that have, anecdotally and empirically, demonstrated progress in combating corruption in Brazil. Focusing specifically on the institutions charged with investigating suspected corrupt activities, we contend that institutional multiplicity – the overlap of investigative functions among various governmental entities – has strengthened outcomes by allowing institutions to collaborate, to complement one another, or to compensate for one another’s deficiencies or oversights.

We further argue that our analysis of the Brazilian experience reveals the advantages in pursuing alternative institutional approaches, including institutional multiplicity combined with institutional malleability, in developing strategies to reduce corruption.

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

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Prado, Mariana Mota and Carson, Lindsey D., Brazilian Anti-Corruption Legislation and Its Enforcement: Potential Lessons for Institutional Design (July 2014). IRIBA Working Paper: 09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497936

Mariana Mota Prado (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Canada

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Lindsey D. Carson

Arnold & Porter, LLP ( email )

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STE 900
Washington, DC 20004
United States

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

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1984
United States

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