Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Corruption and Trust in Brazil: a discussion on Ethics, Equality and Law through the “Mensalão” Case
Introduction: In the current year, Brazil watched the Trial of the Criminal case nº 470, known as “Mensalão”, where lots of politicians were condemned for corruption crimes. The ”Mensalão” (a neologism for "big monthly payment") was big scandal, where was found a vote-buying scheme on Brazilian National Congress. This was a historical episode of Brazilian politics, and also of Brazilian Law: the Federal Supreme Court has convicted 25 persons, politicians and others, for crimes of corruption.
This Project aims to bring up reflections regarding the characteristics of the Brazilian Law that affects the notion that everyone is “equal before the Law”, using this historical case as example, and the implications of those issues have on the field of Ethics and Public Trust.
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These questions aim to compose an analysis of the public of the research, relating to the answers on the theme "Ethics, Politics and the “Mensalão” Trial". No personal data will be revealed, and the responses are anonymous and unidentified.
Ethics, Politics and the “Mensalão” Trial
These are specific questions regarding the theme "Ethics, Politics and the “Mensalão” Trial"
The Focus Group proposal: In order to answer that questions and explore these topics, a Focus Group composed of undergraduate and postgraduate students will work on “Mensalão” Case and the Ethical issues and political practices regarding corruption and the Brazilian Law and answer the selected questions, by supervision of the Global Fellow Fernanda Duarte. This Group is composed from students from our Home institutions, Federal Fluminense University and Estácio de Sá University, specically from the Laboratório Fluminense de Estudos Processuais – LAFEP-FD/UFF and the Núcleo de Estudos sobre Direito, Cidadania, Processo e Discurso – UNESA.
The Group will also apply the questionnaire with the selected questions to undergraduate and post-graduate students in our in order to produce a relevant amount of data.
An event in one of our Home institutions will be organized by the Group, and it will consist on a round-table where experts would discuss “Mensalão” case and the topics of Ethics and Corruption, giving their thoughts about it; and where members of the Focus Group will expose the findings of the Group’s activities; followed then of a dialogue with the audience, composed of undergraduate and post-graduate students. A report of the event will be posted on the EFF Gabriel Almeida´s Blog on Global Ethics Network, as the Carnegie Mission in Brazil.
The final part of the project consists in producing a short paper that summarizes the findings, discussions and researches held by the Focus Group. Finally that data and that short paper could be used as a contribution to Professor Ignatieff’s research, related to the Carnegie Council Centennial.