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From Corruption Scandals to Reform: The Work of Chile's Anti-Corruption Commission

The issue of corruption is one of the most potent in defining citizen attitudes about political leadership and institutions of governance. As in many other Latin American countries, in Chile in 2014 and 2015 a number of corruption scandals cast a spotlight on weaknesses in the institutional framework for preventing irregular campaign financing, conflicts of interest, and influence peddling.

In light of those scandals and the public outcry to which they gave rise, President Michelle Bachelet appointed a Presidential Advisory Council on Conflict of Interest, Influence-Peddling, and Corruption; it was tasked with making recommendations for reforms to prevent corruption in the public and private spheres. The Council was headed by Eduardo Engel, president of Espacio Público, a leading Chilean think tank. In April 2015 the Council made a series of recommendations, many of which have been enacted into law as part of an “integrity agenda” embraced by the executive and legislative branches.



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  • Eduardo Engel

    President, Espacio Público; Former Chair, Presidential Advisory Council