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Corruption and Political Reform in Brazil: The Impact of Collor's Impeachment

Keith S. Rosenn and Richard Downes, editors
ISBN: 978-1-57454-065-9
1999/184 pages/LC: 98-49839
Distributed for the North-South Center Press
"A valuable, and long overdue contribution.... an excellent primer on the Collor corruption.... This fine volume represents the most comprehensive statement of what we know about corruption and the impeachment of Collor. It also raises many crucial questions deserving of continued attention."—Peter R. Kingstone, Luso-Brazilian Review


Exploring the difficulties of inducing meaningful political reform in Brazil's "bureaucratic-authoritarian" era, this volume examines the impact of the fall of Fernando Collor de Mello. The authors, representing historical, constitutional, and institutional perspectives, focus on themes related to the linkages between corruption and political reform: the range of corrupt activities by rent-seekers dedicated to maximizing their personal returns, the incentives for corruption spawned by institutional and legal processes that impede financial accountability, the prospects and limitations of the campaign to create meaningful reform, the impact on the public of institutional struggles for power, and the clash between democratic and patrimonial forces within Brazilian society.


Keith S. Rosenn is professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law, where he is also director of the Foreign Graduate Law Program and the Master's Program in Inter-American Law. Richard Downes is a senior research associate of the North-South Center at the University of Miami.


Collor's Downfall in Historical Perspective—T. Skidmore. Institutional Sources of Corruption in Brazil—B. Geddes and A. Ribeiro Neto. Beyond Collorgate: Prospects for Consolidating Democracy in Brazil Through Political Reform—D. Fleischer. The Impeachment Process and the Constitutional Significance of the Collor Affair—F. Konder Comparato. Collor's Impeachment and Institutional Reform in Brazil—A. de Souza. The Conflict Between Civil and Political Society in Post-Authoritarian Brazil—L. Avritzer. Conclusion: Collor's Downfall in Comparative Perspective—K.S. Rosenn and R. Downes.