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Corruption has blurred, and in some cases blinded, the vision of democracy in many Latin American nations. Weakened institutions and policies have facilitated the rise of corrupt leadership, election fraud, bribery, and clientelism. This book presents a groundbreaking national and regional study that provides policy analysis and prescription through a wide-ranging methodological, empirical, and theoretical survey. The contributors offer analysis of key topics, including: factors that differentiate Latin American corruption from that of other regions; the relationship of public policy to corruption in regional perspective; patterns and types of corruption; public opinion and its impact; and corruption's critical links to democracy and governance. Additional chapters present case studies on specific instances of corruption: diverted funds from a social program in Peru; Chilean citizens' attitudes toward corruption; the effects of interparty competition on vote buying in local Brazilian elections; and the determinants of state-level corruption in Mexico under Vicente Fox.The volume concludes with a comparison of the lessons drawn from these essays to the evolution of anticorruption policy in Latin America over the past two decades. It also applies these lessons to the broader study of corruption globally to provide a framework for future research in this crucial area.

Table of Contents

  1. Front
  2. p. 1
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. 5
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  1. TOC
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 10-31
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  1. Chapter1: Democracy, Economic Policy, and Political Corruption in Comparative Perspective
  2. pp. 34-54
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  1. Chapter2: The Crisis of the Democratic State
  2. pp. 55-68
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  1. Chapter3: Corruption and Democratic Governability
  2. pp. 69-85
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  1. Chapter4: Why Do Corrupt Governments Maintain Public Support?
  2. pp. 86-102
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  1. Chapter5: Public Attitudes toward Corruption
  2. pp. 103-116
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  1. Chapter6: Local Accountability and the Peruvian Vaso de Leche Program
  2. pp. 120-139
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  1. Chapter7: Evaluating Citizen Attitudes about Corruption in Chile
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. Chapter8: Corruption, Accountability Reforms, and Democracy in Brazil
  2. pp. 159-177
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  1. Chapter9: Corruption and Democracy at the State Level in Mexico
  2. pp. 178-201
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  1. Conclusion: Scholarly Avenues and Policy Directions for the Twenty-first Century
  2. pp. 202-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 214-227
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  1. References
  2. pp. 228-252
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 254-257
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 258-262
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  1. Spine
  2. p. 264
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  1. BackCover
  2. p. 265
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822973553
Print ISBN
9780822960232
MARC Record
OCLC
794929392
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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