Article Political parties and corruption in Portugal
Portugal is usually considered an example of successful democratic consolidation. However, this does not exempt him from corruption scandals. By the mid-1990s, transparency and the moralization of political life seemed to dominate parliamentary debates and reforms. The lawlessness surrounding party life should be seen as the dominant ethical standards environment in society. Voters appear to tolerate unethical behavior by party leaders, while parties gradually become less responsive toward their electorate. Representation and delegation rely more on tacit consent than on expression, encouraging complacency about corruption.
Year of publication: 2001
Author: Luís de Sousa