BRAZILIAN POLITICS ON TRIAL: CORRUPTION & REFORM UNDER DEMOCRACY by Luciano da Ros and Matthew M. Taylor (Reinner, 281 pp., 2022)

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Friday, June 3, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

This book analyzes Brazil’s complex history of corruption and anticorruption since the return to democracy in 1985, and evaluates its lessons for anticorruption reformers in Brazil and in other large democracies.  The authors, an assistant professor of political science at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and an associate professor of international relations at American University in Washington, [1]evaluate the corruption scandals that occurred and the anticorruption reforms that have arisen.  The book considers the conditions whereby anticorruption efforts succeed.  The book discusses the debates around Lava Jato, the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, and the election of Jair Bolsonaro.

[1]    Professor Taylor has worked in Brazil for more than a decade, including serving on the faculty of political science at the University of São Paulo from 2006-2011.  He has written several books on Brazil, including Decadent Developmentalism: The Political Economy of Democratic Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2020)