Overcoming democratic setbacks with public policies: strategies for anti-corruption in Mexico and public security in Brazil

  • Jaseff Raziel Yauri Miranda Universidad del País Vasco
  • Alberto Vélez Valdés Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Palabras clave: Public policies, anti-corruption, public security, Mexico, Brazil


The recent history of the Latin American democracies has not implied in deep actions to mitigate certain phenomena such as corruption and criminality. Furthermore, these problems compromise the quality of democracy as they are also related to political institutions’ social impact and good governance. Thus, the article questions the overall characteristics that produced internal setbacks or failures to counterbalance corruption and crime in a public policy perspective. It also answers to what extent these same policies can be shaped to overcome failures and to improve social impacts. As the paper adopts a descriptive-generative logic, the first part exposes an overview of the indicators of corruption in Mexico and criminality in Brazil. The second part depicts the main patterns regarding anti-corruption programs and public security plans in both countries. The third part formulates two strategies: a sequential rooted model and the virtues of networking beyond the same public policies issues. The conclusions express that these strategies can mitigate corruption and criminality representing an opportunity to be considered by policy-makers to overcome democratic setbacks.

Biografía del autor/a

Jaseff Raziel Yauri Miranda, Universidad del País Vasco

Candidato a doctor en Sociedad, Política y Cultura por la Universidad del País Vasco; maestro en Gobernanza y Estudios Políticos

Alberto Vélez Valdés, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Estudiante del 9.° semestre de la Licenciatura en Ciencia Política y Administración Pública