Bolsonaro and Brazil’s Illiberal Backlash

Article
January 2019

The triumph of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s October 2018 presidential election was made possible by a series of economic, social, and political crises that have shaken Brazilian democracy.

The Downfall of Malaysia’s Ruling Party

Article
October 2018

In Malaysia’s May 2018 general election, a grand bargain between ex–prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and reform leader Anwar Ibrahim produced a political earthquake that ended 61 years of rule by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).

Explaining Eastern Europe: Romania’s Italian-Style Anticorruption Populism

Article
July 2018

In Romania today, as in Italy twenty years ago, the gradual politicization of anticorruption has come to shape the political scene.

Brazil: The Costs of Multiparty Presidentialism

Article
April 2018

The massive corruption revealed by Brazil’s “Operation Car Wash” points to fundamental flaws in multiparty presidential systems, where presidents must find ways to build coalitions in fragmented legislatures. 

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Autocrats versus Activists in Africa

Article
January 2018

Central African autocrats are using their stolen money to outmaneuver their opponents and deflect international criticism.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Laundering Cash, Whitewashing Reputations

Article
January 2018

To safeguard their ill-gotten gains, kleptocrats rely on a web of transnational relationships and the complicity of Western fixers.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: The Dark Side of Globalization

Article
January 2018

The grand corruption enabled by the rise of offshore finance has come to follow a recurring pattern: steal, obscure, and spend.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: A Challenge for Democracy

Article
January 2018

As explained in the essays that follow, kleptocracy has become a potent threat to the integrity of democracy around the globe.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Power and Plunder in Putin’s Russia

Article
January 2018

Russia’s ruling elite have used corruption not only to line their own pockets, but also as a tool of domestic political control and global power projection. 

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Does China Fit the Model?

Article
January 2018

China has seen a staggering number of official corruption cases in recent years. But does it merit the label of kleptocracy? 

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