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Corruption In High Places: How to Combat It

FEB 20, 2004



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


February 20, 2004




Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies



  • Jo-Marie Burt
    George Mason University
  • Susan Rose-Ackerman
    Yale University

Although two Latin American Presidents have been impeached for corruption since the 1980s- of only three in Latin American history-corruption continues to be endemic. In nearly every country, investigations have revealed widespread graft throughout the public and private sectors, aggravating economic crises and increasing disillusion with democratic governments. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in Peru and Venezuela. This seminar will examine the anti corruption efforts of these and other countries in order to establish which programs work and which do not.

Jo-Marie Burt (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1999) is assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University. Between 1995 and 2000 she served as editor of NACLA Report on the Americas, and recently served as an international consultant for the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has published numerous articles on violence, democracy and social movements in Peru and is co-editor, with Philip Mauceri, of Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004). She is currently completing a manuscript on political violence in Peru.

Susan Rose-Ackerman is Henry R. Luce Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, and Co-director of the Law School's Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Commission. She has been a research fellow at the World Bank, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Palo Alto), and Collegium Budapest. She is the author of Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform (1999), Controlling Environmental Policy: The Limits of Public Law in Germany and the United States (1995); Rethinking the Progressive Agenda (1992); and Corruption: A Study in Political Economy (1978). Her research interests include: the political economy of corruption, comparative regulatory law and policy, public policy and administrative law, law and economics.