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Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability
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Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability (Paperback)

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Brazil, the world's fourth largest democracy, has been plagued in recent years by corruption scandals. Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability considers the performance of the Brazilian federal accountability system with a view to diagnosing the system's strengths, weaknesses, and areas of potential improvement; taking stock of recent micro- and macro-level reforms; and pointing out the implications of the various dimensions of the accountability process for Brazil's democratic regime.The book's essays take a multidimensional approach to the accountability matrix in Brazil. The first section of the book investigates the complex interrelationships among representative institutions, electoral dynamics, and public opinion. In the second section, authors address nonelectoral dimensions of accountability, such as the role of the media, accounting institutions, police, prosecutors, and courts. In the final chapter, the editors reflect upon the policy implications of the essays, considering recommendations that may contribute to an effective fight against political corruption and support ongoing accountability, as well as articulating analytical lessons to social scientists interested in the functioning of accountability networks.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical corruptionHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processes Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press Publication Date: 15/04/2011 ISBN-13: 9780268038946  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Timothy J. Power is director of the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford. Matthew M. Taylor is assistant professor of political science at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Contributors: Rogerio B. Arantes, Fiona Macaulay, Carlos Pereira, Mauro P. Porto, Timothy J. Power, Eric D. Raile, Lucio R. Renno, David J. Samuels, Bruno W. Speck, and Matthew M. Taylor.

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