Fighting the Hydra: Lessons From Worldwide Protests Against Corruption

Sarah Chayes

Apr 12, 2018

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

In the past half decade, uprisings against corruption has broken out worldwide. The frequency and significance of these events forces the question: What is going on? And does this international phenomenon hold lessons for others beset with systemic political corruption, not least in the United States? A look at countries as diverse in culture and political history as Brazil, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Lebanon, Romania, South Africa, and South Korea suggests that it does.