Can corruption be cleaned up?
Corruption is deeply entrenched in Mexico and affects everything from its efficacy in battling violence to improving education and ultimately its growth. Examples are endless: Policemen were recently caught on tape kidnapping men in western Mexico who ended up dead the next day; a 2011 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report on Mexico shows the average household spends almost one-third of its budget on products that hail from ‚Äúmonopolistic or highly oligopolistic markets.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThere needs to be a national crusade to clean up government at the federal and local levels,‚ÄĚ says John Ackerman, a law expert at Mexico‚Äôs National Autonomous University. ‚ÄúThis has been the real failure with Mexico‚Äôs transition to democracy.‚ÄĚ