Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption
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Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption

Edited by Barney Warf

The Handbook on the Geographies of Corruption offers a comprehensive overview of how corruption varies across the globe. It explores the immense range of corruption among countries, and how this reflects levels of wealth, the centralization of power, colonial legacies, and different national cultures. Barney Warf presents an original and interdisciplinary collection of chapters from established researchers and leading academics that examine corruption from a spatial perspective.
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Chapter 9: Persistent malfeasance despite institutional innovations and public outcry: a survey of corruption in Brazil

Kelly Senters and Matthew S. Winters


In this chapter, the authors describe the ongoing corruption scandals in Brazil, which have felled two presidents to date. Beyond the recurrent scandals lie deeply embedded forces that recreate corruption on a daily basis. Bribes, misallocations of public funds, non-competitive procurement processes, fake receipts, and the like testify to corruption’s pervasiveness at all levels of the Brazil government bureaucracy. They also look at Brazil’s attempts to curb corruption through institutional changes, such as random auditing of municipalities. They conclude by examining the growing public outrage over this matter and voter backlash against corrupt officials.

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