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Public Probity and Corruption in Chile

This book provides a long-term historical analysis, exploring the roots of the low levels of corruption existing in Chile, going back to the 16th century and examining Chile’s institutional evolution until today.

Patricio Silva
13 June 2019

The book demonstrates that public probity in Chile is already present during the colonial era. The study stresses the role played in shaping public probity in Chile by factors such as relative poverty and lack of resources, geographic remoteness, the impact of the unending Arauco war against the Mapuche people, the militarisation of society, the extreme oligarquic nature of Chilean aristocracy, and the early consolidation of state institutions and the rule of law in the early 19th century.

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