The geopolitics of corruption in Latin America

While corruption in Latin America used to be more blindly tolerated decades ago, the rise of technology and media have made the spread of incriminating events faster and possible in scenarios they otherwise would not have been. This has led to a heightened awareness across Latin American countries, leading to much public outcry. In some countries, presidents have been elected on the basis of denouncing this corruption as the main point of their platforms. In Argentina and Brazil, many officials and political figures are virtually immune from prosecution. In Peru, infrastructure projects that relied on Odebrecht are now defunct. No country anywhere in Latin or Central America comes close to the institutionalized corruption prevalent in Venezuela. For some countries an overhaul of the electoral systems in place would be needed to mitigate one of the fundamental drivers of fractured governance, but most of these changes are unlikely. Countries could pass legislation making private corporations more responsible for recognizing and fighting corruption, which is a more realistic approach. Certainly, institutional reform is necessary in nearly every case.