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7 - Corruption as the Glue of the System

The Case of Brazil

from Part II - Three Case Studies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 February 2024

Lucio Picci
Affiliation:
University of Bologna
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This chapter discusses corruption in Brazil. I provide a comprehensive overview of relevant facts, with a focus on the economy and the distribution of economic resources. This understanding will be crucial in examining the role of corruption in the political landscape of Brazilian society, which is marked by pronounced inequality. Brazil shares similarities and differences with Russia. In both countries, there is a close, often corrupt relationship between political power and state-controlled enterprises. In contrast to Brazil, the anti-corruption movement in Russia has not only failed to seriously challenge the government, but also has been confronted by brutal repression. Unlike in Russia, Brazil’s judiciary has been highly proactive. Moreover, the Brazilian government participated actively to the anti-corruption global regime, while Russia mostly pays lip service to it.

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Rethinking Corruption
Reasons Behind the Failure of Anti-Corruption Efforts
, pp. 111 - 138
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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