Corruption as Power: Criminal Governance in Peru during the by Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt

By Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt

This ebook offers with the political corruption which infested Peru through the Fujimori years (1990-2000). The paintings isn't approximately petty corruption, the small bribe paid to the underpaid police officer to prevent being booked for a minor site visitors violation, yet addresses the corruption of the strong. Elites depend on corruption, and especially in repressive regimes the perform is an important device of ‘criminal governance’. the writer makes use of the concept that of the safety racket built by means of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno from the Frankfurt tuition of serious concept to provide an explanation for the hyperlinks among political, monetary, and societal elites in Fujimori’s Peru equivalent to the army, political events, multinational organisations, or conservative teams in the Catholic Church.

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However, Marx did 9 Indeed, the following observation made by Phillips (1987) on the utility of theories of criminology of North American origin for the study of crime in Latin America is also useful here. Phillips concluded “that the theories are [not] illogical, or even ... ; rather, they make so much sense that they are common. We would not feel that we had gained any greater insight as ... than if we had simply left the answer to informed intuition” (Ibid, 185). 39 not include corruption as a theme in his critique of capitalism.

But Montesinos was a mercenary ... constantly searching for the most influential persons and for the most gratifying routes to financial benefits (2003: 14). Montesinos allegedly played both sides and had links with Soviet intelligence. Accordingly, he delivered documents on the military capacities of Chile and Ecuador “to a Russian agent” (Ibid, 54–55). 5 In 1976, Montesinos went on an unauthorized trip to Washington where he met with US officials, however, he was observed by a high-ranking member of Peru’s military to whom he could not explain his presence in the US capital.

In many parts of the country Channel 7 was the only signal that ... [could be received]. Week after week ... [Fujimori] was coming to a captive audience [in the provinces] ... [while in Lima] he was leaving a first trace in the memory, like a vaguely familiar face (1994: 260; also see Arias Quincot, 1994). 5. Conclusion Portocarrero (2004) described the four dictums which guided the actions of Montesinos. It is the argument here that these mottos were, to considerable extent, shared by Fujimori.

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