PATRIMONIALISM AND PERSONALISM: THE ORIGINS OF CORRUPTION IN BRAZIL

PATRIMONIALISM AND PERSONALISM: THE ORIGINS OF CORRUPTION IN BRAZIL

Isolda Lins Ribeiro 

ABSTRACT

Despite efforts in fighting corruption in Brazil, indicators have recently appointed an increase in these deleterious practices. Amid a profusion of disorderly laws and law projects, corruption scandals from all government sectors and staff keep coming to public. Facing the failure of anti-corruption mechanisms, the factors which hinder the rectitude in conducting public affairs are here analyzed. By adopting a legal- anthropological perspective, the path of corruption in Brazil is hereafter drafted. The patriarchal foundation of Brazilian society – and the extreme forms of patrimonialism and personsalim to which it led – contributes to explain the harmful practice that persists throughout the centuries. Then, possibility of change is also mooted. As the final finding emerges a feasible, but slow process of improvement.

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KEYWORDS: Corruption, Patrimonialism, Personalism, Legal Anthropology.

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