Teaching Case - Dealing with Corruption in the Police Force of La Paz (Epilogue)

Dealing with Corruption in the Police Force of La Paz (Epilogue)


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  • Product Description

    A reform mayor of Bolivia's capital city is taken aback by a consultant's report showing a shocking level of corruption on the part of municipal police-a force whose many duties involve regulation of the city's sprawling open-air markets. Licenses, health inspections and many other forms of public permits are routinely exchanged for money, goods, even sex. What's more, the report concludes that the vast majority of the police could not do their job even if they set out to do so: most are illiterate. In this political management/ethics case, the Harvard-educated mayor must decide both whether and how to attempt to reform this system, at a time when he is facing re-election and is widely viewed as a "technocrat."

    Learning Objective:
    This case can be used to gain insights into the difficulties in restructuring a corrupt institution in an international setting where due to ingrained customs, parties involved are resistant to change. Given details of the situation facing the mayor, the students can put themselves into his role and decide on potential solutions.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1992
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 1104.1
    Case Author: Lucy Mccauley
    Faculty Lead: Marc Roberts
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 2
    Setting: South America
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: Latin America
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