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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.