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Corruption Institutionalized?: Field Study on Corruption, Social Capital and Political Participation in the Peruvian Rainforest
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Corruption is considered by Peruvians as one of the main obstacles for the development of Peru. Corruption is widespread and structural, but there are large differences in the perceived levels of corruption within Peru. I have conducted a field study in two municipalities in Peru, which are similar to each other but have different levels of perceived corruption. Tarapoto rates among the lowest in national surveys while Pucallpa, in the neighboring region, rates among the highest in the country. I traveled to Tarapoto and Pucallpa to conduct a survey study and complementary elite interviews to find what the determinants are behind the variations in corruption. I hypothesized that both participation in voluntary association, social trust and political participation have a negative effect on corruption, and thereby explaining the difference between the cities. My result demonstrates that there are significant variations in the perceived levels of corruption in Peru between Tarapoto and Pucallpa. The study concludes that the determinants behind variations in the perceived levels of corruption in Pucallpa and Tarapoto is an active civil society in Tarapoto that puts pressure on government and pushes for transparency and lower levels of social trust in Pucallpa, which enables corruption.

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2018. , p. 47
Keywords [en]
corruption, Peru, social capital, political participation, social trust
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Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339556DiVA, id: diva2:1176091
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Development Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2018-01-22 Created: 2018-01-19 Last updated: 2018-01-22Bibliographically approved

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