CUSLAI Presents: "Mad as Hell" with Kevin Casas-Zamora

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: GR 2.302
Admission: Free
Season: 2017-18

Sponsored by the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives and the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Recently, Latin America has seen a dramatic surge in corruption scandals. These episodes have led to both large popular demonstrations and prosecution of government officials and business executives as well as acute political crises. What are plausible explanations for the current, unprecedented, anti-corruption reactions—both social and institutional—now in Latin America? In his talk, Dr. Kevin Casas Zamora will show that the recent social and institutional reactions against corruption in Latin America are connected to important changes in the social, political and economic context in which corruption takes place. Those changes include the adoption of a wide range of transparency and accountability enhancing reforms throughout the region, the explosive growth of social media, and the recent economic downturn in Latin America.

Dr. Casas Zamora is Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, a policy research center based in Washington D.C. Previously he was Secretary for Political Affairs at the Organization of American States and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He also served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy, as well as second Vice President of Costa Rica under Oscar Arias. He holds a JD from the University of Costa Rica, an MA in Latin American Government and Politics from the University of Essex, and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Politics from the University of Oxford. He is currently the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at UT Dallas.

For more information contact:
The Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives
[email protected]

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