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Brazil’s Supreme Court has authorized a federal investigation into Brazilian President Michel Temer’s role in the sprawling corruption scandal known as Operation Car Wash. If Temer’s presidency does not survive the investigation -- and I’m betting it won’t -- it will be another chapter in what may be the most dramatic anti-corruption enforcement story this world has ever seen.
Track and field was once the pre-eminent Summer Olympics event. I suspect most readers can name many more track and field stars from history -- Jim Thorpe, Eric Liddell, Jesse Owens, Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and so on -- than they could from any other event.
The Olympics are on and everywhere I go people are excited and inspired. I personally feel that just by watching, I'm part of something great.
The Olympic Movement, and the global anti-corruption movement, each manifest a common aspiration. Springing from the same place in the human mind, they imagine the same alternative world, and then seek to build it.
We discussed in the two prior posts (here and here) the two laws that Brazil enacted in 2011 to make government more accountable, transparent, and efficient. But readers may recall the major public protests that erupted in Brazil in 2013. Though seemingly provoked by a public transportation rate hike, the protests were about corruption and mismanagement more broadly.
We’re talking about the four major laws, or “pillars,” that Brazil enacted on the eve of the 2016 Olympic Games (and 2014 FIFA World Cup) that completely changed Brazil’s anti-corruption landscape.
Procurement obviously presents among the highest risks for corruption. Brazil took its rare good fortune of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics as an opportunity to evaluate its procurement regime. In so doing, it adopted important reforms; hosting the Olympics thus became a catalyst for positive governance change.
The Brazil narrative of crisis and collapse has reached a fevered pitch: Zika, pollution in the bay, economic recession, and what may be the world’s largest corruption investigation. But this now-fashionable refrain misses a deeper and more compelling story.
Brazil’s anti-corruption effort remains largely in tact, though at least two recent events begin to raise suspicions.
Some say there are places where corruption is “cultural.” But that’s not exactly true. And ironically, Brazil now proves it.