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Political Parties and High-Level Corruption in Argentina and Chile during the 1990s
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2011 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with the question of why high-level corruption has been less widespread in Chile than in Argentina. In Argentina (like in many other Latin American countries), political corruption scandals and allegations of corruption, frequently involving high-ranking politicians and officials, have recurrently emerged in the public arena. On the other hand, Chile is often characterized as a country presenting lower levels of corruption than its neighbors.

The paper explores the characteristics of political parties and the party system that account for differences in vulnerability to corruption at high levels of the political hierarchy in the two countries. The empirical analysis concentrates on the actions of political actors and the institutional conditions at work in the course of major privatization processes in both countries during the 1990s. The study of these processes is appropriate, because privatization is just the sort of situation usually offering manifold opportunities and incentives for corrupt behavior. The analysis provides revealing insights into how political parties relate to corruption.

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Keyword [en]
Political parties, corruption, institutions, Chile, Argentina
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236443OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-236443DiVA: diva2:764471
IPSA-ECPR Joint Conference: Whatever Happened to North-South?, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16-19 February 2011.
Available from: 2014-11-19 Created: 2014-11-19 Last updated: 2014-11-19

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