Corruption and the Lava Jato Scandal in Latin America brings together key international and interdisciplinary perspectives to shine new light on Lava Jato, or Operation Car Wash, Latin America’s largest corruption scandal to date. Since 2014, this scandal has unfolded in surprising ways to expose collusion between construction companies and state officials in Brazil and 11 other countries. The corruption uncovered amounts in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and billions of dollars in stolen state funds.

The volume features evidence that the main construction company at the center of the scandal was—apparently—deliberate about seeking business in corrupt markets. It also evaluates the ambiguous role played by the media, whose members often relied uncritically on classified information released by the authorities. The volume further contributes to our understanding with studies on a number of other relevant topics, including: the overlap between corruption and the planning of the Rio Olympics; Mexico and Peru’s contrasting responses to Lava Jato; the policy reforms needed to avoid a similar scandal in the future; and the roadmap for how Lava Jato should end. Across 15 chapters by leading and emerging scholars and practitioners, this book engages with these issues from a balanced and unbiased perspective, including interviews with key stakeholders on both sides of the case.

As one of the first book-length studies to deal with Lava Jato in the English language, this ground-breaking volume is a compelling reading for advanced students and researchers in areas including Corruption Studies, Public Ethics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies, as well as for practitioners working to make governments more accountable.

part I|48 pages

An introduction to Lava Jato

chapter 1|14 pages

Introduction 1

ByPaul Lagunes, Jan Svejnar

chapter 2|18 pages

Lava Jato in perspective

ByAlbert Fishlow

chapter 3|14 pages

Competing to be corrupt

The multinational dynamics of public procurement bribery in Latin America
ByConnor Wahrman

part II|92 pages

Brazil’s experience with Lava Jato

chapter 4|17 pages

Urban planning legacies and corruption

Evidence from the Rio Olympic Games and Lava Jato
ByMárcia R. G. Sanzovo, Karla Y. Ganley

chapter 5|14 pages

Captured media?

Examining Brazilian coverage of Lava Jato 1
ByDaniela Campello, Anya Schiffrin, Karine Belarmino, Debora Thome

chapter 6|12 pages

Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Investigative journalism in the age of Lava Jato
ByBeatriz Bulla, Cortney Newell

chapter 7|19 pages

Lava Jato and Brazil’s web of accountability institutions

A turning point for corruption control?
ByAna Luiza Aranha

chapter 8|16 pages

An interview with Deltan Dallagnol

ByPaul Lagunes

chapter 9|12 pages

An interview with Sérgio Moro

ByPaul Lagunes

part III|42 pages

Lava Jato beyond Brazil

chapter 10|22 pages

Comparing Peru and Mexico in the Lava Jato corruption scandal

ByRaquel de Mattos Pimenta, Catherine Greene

chapter 11|18 pages

Fighting corruption in a hostile environment

Peru’s Lava Jato special prosecution team
ByDenisse Rodriguez-Olivari

part IV|60 pages

Where to from here?

chapter 12|14 pages

An interview with Glenn Greenwald

ByKarla Y. Ganley, Paul Lagunes

chapter 13|14 pages

Corruption in Brazil

Beyond the criminal law
BySusan Rose-Ackerman, Raquel de Mattos Pimenta

chapter 14|14 pages

How should Lava Jato end?

ByJessie W. Bullock, Matthew C. Stephenson

chapter 15|16 pages

Lava Jato’s lessons, leaks, and lasting impacts

ByKarla Y. Ganley, Paul Lagunes