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dc.contributor.advisorWeyland, Kurt Gerharden
dc.creatorBalán, Manuel Elíasen
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-13T19:54:19Zen
dc.date.available2012-07-13T19:54:19Zen
dc.date.issued2011-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-4175en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractIn the last two decades, corruption has become a key concern throughout the world. Most of what we know about corruption comes from instances in which misdeeds become public, usually generating a scandal. Why do some acts of corruption become corruption scandals and others do not? This dissertation argues that scandals are not triggered by corruption per se, but are initially caused by the dynamics of political competition within the government. Government insiders leak information on misdeeds in order to increase their influence within the coalition/party in power. A powerful opposition, contrary to common beliefs, acts as a constraint for insiders, making corruption scandals less likely. In order to advance this central argument, this dissertation divides the temporal development of corruption scandals into four stages and proposes a formal model that analyzes the interactions of government insiders and the political opposition. The arguments and hypotheses generated are then evaluated using empirical evidence from two paradigmatic Latin American cases, Argentina and Chile, from 1989 to 2010. The findings support the notion that corruption scandals emerge as a consequence of political competition.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectLatin American politicsen
dc.subjectCorruptionen
dc.subjectScandalsen
dc.subjectTransparencyen
dc.subjectPolitical competitionen
dc.subjectMediaen
dc.subjectStrategic interactionen
dc.subjectArgentinaen
dc.subjectChileen
dc.titleToday’s allies, tomorrow’s enemies? The political dynamics of corruption scandals in Latin Americaen
dc.date.updated2012-07-13T19:54:39Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-4175en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberElkins, Zacharyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGreene, Kennethen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHunter, Wendyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMadrid, Raúlen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPrzeworski, Adamen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrinks, Danielen
dc.description.departmentGovernmenten
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentGovernmenten
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernmenten
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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