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Corruption and Weak Institutions

  • Mariano RojasEmail author
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Part of the Human Well-Being Research and Policy Making book series (HWBRPM)

Abstract

Corruption practices seem to be entrenched within the Latin American political system; they are the consequence of weak institutions and a casuistic implementation of the law. Latin American’s perceptions of corruption in most State institutions reach very high levels; these perceptions are negatively associated to people’s satisfaction with life. Latin Americans are also used to pay bribes to public officers and this seems to reduce well-being; however, some people may find that bribes facilitate the access to public services with a corresponding well-being increase.

Keywords

Corruption Bribes Weak institutions Latin America Well-being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR)LogroñoSpain
  2. 2.Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP)PueblaMexico

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