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Monday, February 16, 2015


A Larger Mexican Bureaucracy in order to Fight Corruption?


By Luis Pazos


Legislation in order to fight corruption, and the creation of an "anti-corruption czar," can become a media circus that only seeks to counter the growing angry among citizens due to the brazen enrichment of officials and contractors of State-owned enterprises, union leaders, governors and mayors, most of whom are not held to account or punished for their corrupt acts. 


The Federal Institute of Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI), that began to function with the PAN governments, brought to light excesses and irregularities but there was a lack of laws to officially explain those crimes and punish those responsible.  Something similar takes place with the Superior Audit of the Federation (ASF) that has revealed missing millionaires in the states, but they deliver the results of their audits to the same authorities who committed the acts, violating the legal principle that one should not be a party and the judge, which too is being violated by the President entrusting a subordinate to investigate a conflict of interest charge.


The way to reduce corruption is not to ballyhoo the creation of a new entity, presided over by an "anti-corruption czar" in new facilities with more bureaucrats, but to merge the Ministry of Civil Service (SFP) with the Superior Audit of the Federation.  And to give this autonomous agency competence and authority to audit state participation in and alleged acts of corruption at all powers and levels of government.  As well, assign it to appear in federal courts, to function as a state prosecutor of those accused of corruption.


The main sources and strategies of corruption are identified; I list and analyze them in the book Los ricos del gobierno.  But they lack lifeblood and the competence of an independent authority over the three powers and three levels of government in order to fight corruption from beginning to end.  This can be accomplished with the merger of the SFP and ASF, without the need to spend one peso more – in fact the merger would be a savings.



Luis Pazos (e-mail:, who heads the Free Enterprise Research Center (CISLE) in Mexico City, holds a master's degree in Public Finance and a doctorate in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  A prolific writer and forethoughtful analyst, Dr. Pazos' commentaries on Mexican economics, finance and politics have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the Americas.  As well, he is the author of numerous books.

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