The Corruption of Latin America
The nations of Latin America are afflicted with corruption, public and private. Reverberations from Brazil’s ongoing Lava Jato scandal have implicated at least a third of the countries of the region in its pay-for-play results. At the center of this vast web of conspiracy and illicit dealings are construction companies, giant petroleum exploiters, and presidents, vice-presidents, cabinet ministers, and regional political leaders across the continent. This chapter and the ones that follow explain what happened and why it happened (over decades in some instances) across a range of troubled Latin American countries from Argentina in the south to Mexico in the north. A section in this chapter explains why Uruguay, Chile, and Costa Rica are less corrupt than their neighbors. A final chapter suggests how Latin America can reduce the onslaught of corruption.