Latin American Program in the News: Latin America: The Corruption Problem

Aug 28, 2012


For change to occur, at the micro level, citizens have to feel that if they denounce even petty instances of corruption—say, for example, paying a bribe to get the street lights fixed—there will be consequences for those demanding bribes, argues Cynthia J. Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Nagle is encouraged by the success in getting former Brazilian senator Luiz Estevão to pay back the stolen funds. He was impeached in 2000 after public audits of his construction firm. “The seizure of assets was achieved due to the persistence and vision of the lawyers in the attorney general’s office who created ways to fight corruption to preserve democracy and strengthened good public governance,” she points out. “Fighting for the public good goes a long way to improving peoples’ faith in the rule of law and in their government institutions.”


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