The Democratization of Corruption: how the phenomenon adapts from authoritarian to democratic contexts

The main objective of this study is to understand the phenomenon of corruption in different political regimes and determine how the opportunity structures have changed and adapted from authoritarian to democratic contexts. Some forms of corruption are of a structural nature and invariable with regard to the type of regime, whereas others have emerged and expanded as a consequence of democratization and the inevitable growth and complexity of state intervention. The study focus on the Argentinean, Portuguese and Spanish cases and tries to develop a general framework of analysis on how corruption actors, resources and exchanges evolve in response to changes in the nature of the regime. In order to understand the role of corruption in the daily life of people across regimes, the study looks at the major contextual social, economic, institutional and normative changes and how these affect the interaction between citizens and their political and administrative institutions.


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CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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