President Salinas' "Untouchables": Fighting Corruption in Mexico


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  • Product Description

    This case explores the issue of widespread and persistent corruption, and the ways in which it so often complicates economic and political development strategies. It recounts the events of the anti-corruption campaign waged during the first two years in office (1988-90) of Mexican president Carlos Salinas. In the face of deeply-rooted skepticism about his ruling party's role in official corruption, Salinas decides he must face the issue squarely as part of efforts to energize both the public and private sectors to take on the task of managing in a more market-driven economy.

    Learning Objective:
    The case invites scrutiny of the Salinas efforts over the first two years of his administration, focusing on whether the steps which were taken--including the dramatic use of the army to take on a powerful union official in a garrison headquarters--had the potential to establish public credibility for anti-corruption efforts.

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    Publication Date: January 01, 1991
    HKS Case Number: 955.0
    Case Author: Vlad Jenkins and Ana Maria Salazar
    Faculty Lead: Philip B. Heymann
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 18
    Setting: Mexico
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Center for Criminal Justice, Harvard Law School and Hewlett Packard Foundation
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: Latin America
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