Captured Democracies: A Government for the Few

Publication date: 7 December 2018

The report Captured Democracies: A Government for the Few presents 13 case studies documenting how political and economic elites manipulate the decision-making processes of governments to their own advantage and against the interests and rights of the majority in Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region.

The report analyzes 11 mechanisms used by elites to exercise influence over governments, such as the “revolving door”, fierce lobbying, party financing, bribery, and media manipulation. The Odebrecht case, in which several of these mechanisms of undue influence are examined, is one of the case studies featured in the report.