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This book is about combating corruption in Brazil, especially systemic corruption. The damage imposed on Brazil due to systemic corruption implemented by political forces in the last two decades is of an unprecedented magnitude when compared to any other country in the world.

With the objective of analyzing the causes and effects of the systemic corruption—particularly the responses of judicial authorities involved in “Operation Car Wash” that strengthened its capacity to deal with this case—a group of professors and researchers from three leading academic institutions in Brazil (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, and Universidade de São Paulo) authored this study with the cooperation and support of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC. The subsequent pages seek to better explain the intricacies of Operation Car Wash in order to more fully understand the phenomenon it presents.

  1. Operation Car Wash: What Does That Mean?, By Fernanda Regina Vilares
  2. Anticorruption Policies in Brazil and the Operation Car Wash: Institutional and Economic Analysis, By Ligia Maura Costa, Maria Lucia L.M. Padua Lima, and Paulo C. Goldschmidt
  3. International Legal Cooperation in the Car Wash Operation, By Maria Thereza Rocha de Assis Moura and Marta Saad
  4. Plea Agreements in Brazilian Law: The Operation Car Wash Experience, By Marcos Zilli
  5. Destination of Goods, Rights, and Assets in Operation Car Wash: Critical Analysis and Perspectives on Improvement, By Fabio Ramazzini Bechara and Gianpaolo Poggio Smanio
  6. Main Dogmatic Aspects of Corruption Crimes in Brazil Related to Operation Car Wash, By Adriano Teixeira and Raquel Scalcon
  7. Responsibility for Omission and Compliance in the Car Wash Operation, By Marco Aurélio Florêncio Filho and Giovani Agostini Saavedra

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