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Conference: Corruption, Transparency and Citizenship in Latin America

Date: 03 Nov 2016

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E. St, NW, DC , United States

The Dialogue, the IDB and the George Washington University invite you to the conference: Corruption, Transparency and Citizenship in Latin America  

Latin America is a region that, with few exceptions, has experienced chronic corruption. In part, this is a response to the fact that political institutions have not generated the incentives for politicians to pursue long-term welfare enhancing policies. However, in a context in which political institutions do not respond to the best interest of citizens, increasing individual political engagement could, in principle, improve decision-making. If citizens are better informed about the policies that are being implemented and the results of those policies, they can reward those who provide good policies by keeping them in office and punish those who don’t by replacing them. In that context, transparency initiatives and any other policy that increase the amount of information available to the public should lead to better policies in the long run. But, do individuals act on the information they receive? Does more information lead to better policies?

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