Corruption Wars : new narratives of graft, influence, and power in the Americas / David Hernàndez ... [et al.]

Corruption, the issue we take on in our summer issue of the NACLA Report, has been at the center of many controversies across the Americas in recent years, with international media breathlessly covering fallout from the Odebrecht scandals and Brazil’s Operation Lava Jato (Car Wash). Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador owes his recent landslide electoral win to his focus on fighting institutionalized graft, which Edwin Ackerman tackles in his article on the history of corruption in Mexico under the PRI. Meanwhile, Guatemala has become the epicenter of a fight for power and accountability as its president attempts to oust an anti-impunity body investigating his own family, covered in Rachel Schwartz’s piece on the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).
Given the structural context of even the smallest acts of corruption, we raise questions about the organizational capacity— and even purpose — of institutions established to combat corruption, especially as some appear to tacitly reinforce established practices. [Editorial]