Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Beyond the Scandals: The Changing Context of Corruption in Latin America

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Beyond the Scandals: The Changing Context of Corruption in Latin America

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Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: Beyond the Scandals: The Changing Context of Corruption in Latin America BY KEVIN CASAS-ZAMORA AND MIGUEL CARTER. Inter-American Dialogue, 2017, 68 pp.

Contrary to popular perceptions that Latin American corruption is only getting worse, Casas-Zamora and Carter argue the opposite: corruption is becoming easier to expose, publicize, and punish. Latin America is experiencing a healthy rebellion against endemic corruption, especially among the educated and informed middle classes. Many factors have contributed to a new public morality: international agreements that establish higher standards of conduct; stiffer transparency and accountability laws; tough, well-equipped prosecutors; aggressive, independent journalists; watchful social-media users; and indignant, mobilized civil society organizations. …

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