Corporate donations to electoral campaigns: A case study on white-collar crime
2013 (English)In: State Crime, ISSN 2046-6056, Vol. 2, no 1, 52-71 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mackenzie and Green (2008) and McBarnet (2006) have argued that it is possible for white-collar crimes to emerge from actions that are cloaked in legality. In this article I study this paradox, focusing on the case of corporate donations to electoral campaigns. In particular, I will present an intra-national study on corporate funding of elections in Colombia. The case examines the electoral donations from palm oil growers’ firms to the 2002 and 2006 presidential campaigns of Álvaro Uribe. It illustrates how legal donations delivered by corporations were reciprocated by incumbents through favourable legislation and policy outcomes. Although donors were not prosecuted for giving electoral donations, since it is a legal practice, administrative and judicial authorities have demonstrated that the donors communicated with incumbents with the intention to commit fraud.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 2, no 1, 52-71 p.
white-collar cimes, legal bribe, electoral donations
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-89013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-89013DiVA: diva2:615130
FunderSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SWE 2007-209