Corruption and Operation Car Wash scandal in Latin America are subject of new book

Book presents a balanced account of this historic and transformative case, and it is required reading for those studying the topic of corruption
Law
15 July 2021
Corruption and Operation Car Wash scandal in Latin America are subject of new book

FGV Press, in partnership with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Columbia Global Centers in Rio de Janeiro, will launch the book Corrupção e o escândalo da Lava Jato na América Latina (“Corruption and the Operation Car Wash Scandal in Latin America”) on July 27, at 6 pm. As the book is launched in Portuguese, Operation Car Wash’s institutional structure in Brazil is losing momentum, given that the Office of the Prosecutor General has ordered the end of this task force model.

The collection of articles examines Operation Car Wash, the world’s biggest corruption investigation, from different perspectives. Now seems a good time to take a step back and evaluate the real meaning of everything that happened. The book, organized by Paul Lagunes, Fernanda Odilla and Jan Svejnar, contributes to understanding of this operation by extracting the lesser-known political dimensions of a scandal that shook Brazil, summarizing the most important lessons learned from Operation Car Wash regarding the fight against corruption.

Over the course of 15 chapters, 19 authors from Brazil and other countries tackle the challenge of putting aside their political leanings to look again at this episode. The articles, written in clear and accessible language, address the issue of corruption in a way that goes far beyond criticism and interpretations of criminal procedures and law enforcement minutiae.

The book looks at the topic from different angles, encompassing not only judicial aspects but also everyday practices of systematic corruption and the way in which politics, media and the public administration operated in such a context, looking at these matters at a distance from heated political debates. It also includes interviews with some key players, such as Deltan Dallagnol, Sergio Moro and Glenn Greenwald.

The collection of articles calls on concerned citizens to demand transparency and accountability from those who govern us with corrupt purposes.

The launch webinar will feature one of the book’s organizers, Fernanda Odilla, and some of its authors, Ana Luiza Aranha, Raquel de Mattos Pimenta, Daniela Campello and Beatriz Bulla.

The book Corrupção e o escândalo da Lava Jato na América Latina (“Corruption and the Operation Car Wash Scandal in Latin America”) is available in print and e-book versions.

To take part in the launch event, please sign up here.

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