Supreme Audit Institutions and the Study of Corruption

Current Research Topics


Governing the Favelas

The objective of this project is to explore the tenuous relationship between the middle classes and democracy in Brazil. It analyzes the formation of the traditional and the new middle classes, focusing on how institutional and economic contexts frame their relationships with each other, with elites, and with the lower classes, and on how these relationships help to construct perspectives on citizenship rights and political regimes. Data from ethnographic fieldwork in São Paulo are examined.

This project theorizes the changing relationships between the favelas and the state.

Middle Class Identities and Democracy in Brazil

This paper deals with the difficult mandate of Supreme Audit Institutions to study corruption. It focuses on the case of Mexico and the problems encountered by anti-corruption specialists in the Auditoría Superior de la Federación.