Political Parties and Corruption in Portugal
Title: Political Parties and Corruption in Portugal
Author: DE SOUSA, Luís
Citation: West European Politics, 2001, 24, 1, 157-180
Portugal is often considered an example of successful democratic consolidation. Yet it has not been exempt from corruption scandals. By the mid-1990s, transparency and the moralisation of political life had come to dominate parliamentary debates and reforms. The illegality surrounding party life must be seen against the background of dominant ethical standards in society! Voters appear tolerant of the unethical behaviour of political leaders, while parties are gradually becoming less responsive to their electorate. Representation and delegation rely mor-e on tacit consent than on voice, thus encouraging complacency over corruption.
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