The chart above shows what happens when policy is based on a slogan. As the Brazilian investigation into construction If Life So Nice - Various - Reggae Now Vol. 3 Odebrecht unfolded, it became clear that many projects to build highways, power plants, and other infrastructure projects in the two countries had been corruptly awarded.
Authorities in both countries then did what the law told them they must: Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 the contracts. Not only to the firms that paid bribes to secure the contract, but to lenders, suppliers, and the Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 of other contractors on the project who had no knowledge or involvement in the bribery scheme.
The greatest costs are likely be felt by the citizens of Colombia and Peru. For as the chart shows, the consequence of zero tolerance is a halt to new spending for roads, power, and other essential facilities as investors and project developers shy away from the risk future contracts will be terminated for the tiniest of infractions by anyone associated with the project.
Colombians and Peruvians may today be proud their governments are so tough on corruption neither one will tolerate a speck of it in any contract for infrastructure.
A paper the IDB presenters recently published, the source of the figure above and the basis of their presentation, Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 here. A video of the session here. Thank you for sharing Rick! Mexico is currently experiencing this very problem with a half-built 18 billion Airport project. President Lopez Obrador had a public vote on whether the project should be scrapped claiming that it was spoiled with corruption. The public voted to scrap it, but this of course had major consequences.
The peso slid more than three percent against the U. Dollar after the project cancellation was announced. It is also unclear what will be done with the foundations that were already built for the airport. Fining or debarring a large Floyd Westerman - Custer Died For Your Sins / The Land Is Your Mother harms innocent third parties shareholders, employees, customers, etc.
Oftentimes the social costs of imposing these punishments far outweighs the social benefits mainly the benefit of deterrence. But not always. So will these rules, and the cancellation of these projects, lead to worse infrastructure in Peru and Colombia overall, as you suggest?
Well, maybe it will, for the reasons you suggest. So we might not disagree on the bottom line. In this paper we did not advocate for dismissing from the legal framework the possibility of cancelling contracts because of an event of corruption. We tried to show that when cancelation is your only choice, the negative consequences appear to outweigh the benefits. Moreover, it seems clear — as in the case of some of the countries mentioned — that innocent parties firms, beneficiaries of public works and citizens suffer direly from this choice.
Another issue we did not explore relates to the legal costs associated with cancelation, but anecdotal evidence suggests that countries incur in significant legal contingencies. These contingencies do not surface in full at the time of cancellation, but typically years later when cases mature, many times in a different jurisdiction from the one where the execution of the contract took place.
Again, many thanks for opening this discussion in your blog. Fair enough. I will check them both out as soon as I can! Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog. Asseret, many thanks for flagging the cancellation of the half-built Mexico City airport.
Another example where a knee-jerk reaction to the discovery of corruption in Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 large project is likely to be quite costly. Matthew, as Roberto explained, the policy advice that flows from What Went Wrong This Time - Various - CD86 paper is not that one should never, ever cancel a project tainted by corruption.
It is that a rigid rule mandating that government always cancel it — no matter what — is bad policy. My favorite example of a government realizing the cost and, fortunately for its citizens, quickly reversing course comes from the United States. An Air Force investigation in the early s had found that Boeing Company subsidiaries and several employees were in possession proprietary documents of a competitor pertaining to satellite launch vehicles.
The employees later pled guilty to stealing trade secrets. Accordingly, on July 24, the Air Force suspended the subsidiaries from receiving any contract to develop a low- cost method for launching satellites into space. The flip-flop on the Boeing suspension is described in an article by then U. The impulse to automatically cancel contracts and debar firms comes, in my view, from the likely correct, and certainly plausible instinct that monetary penalties—at least at their current levels—are not nearly high enough to provide adequate deterrence.
Of course the other thing we could do is put some actual human beings in jail. I And I Love Her - Various - Tropical Tribute To The Beatles we have a similar rule in Lithuania, leaving both options on the table — either terminating the entire contract, or applying alternative sanctions.
In my opinion, in cases where there would be more harm for the public interest if the contract was terminated, alternative sanctions should be applied. For example, if the company in such cases would be obligated to pay damages AND a fine while also finishing the project, this would most likely have a deterring effect as well. In such cases, however, I would like to see the court taking such a decision after evaluating the situation and evidence.
The link to the paper IDB paper is not working right now and I cannot find it online, maybe this is addressed there? This policy of having an option between terminating the contract or applying sanctions seems very interesting, but then the problem is, how do we assure that the sanctions are appropriate? Dear Ruta, Please try the link now.
It appears to be working fine. We knew for sure that Odebrecht had paid 6. Therefore, the challenge for the government was to decide whether the contracts should be terminated, declared void, or if they could be assigned to a different contractor.
This conclusion stems from a strongly held principle of continental civil law according to which, when a contract is entered into with illicit object or cause, it is deemed to be non-existent. Such a contract cannot be enforced, and things need to go back to their original condition. My point here is that the execution of that principle has nothing to do with the zero tolerance principle. It has to do with Nuclear Death - Nuclear Bestiality - 1987 (DVDr) legal principle embedded in thousands of years of history, that can be traced back to Rome.
The Tribunal ruled in favor of the Ombudsman of the Nation, and ruled that the contract should be immediately terminated. A positive consequence was that Odebrecht was fined million USD. But the negative consequences were huge. The works were paralyzed, thousands of jobs were lost, and the project will have to wait for at least two or three more years to be newly adjudicated and accomplished. Further, Odebrecht sued Colombia before an international arbitration tribunal, which still has not ruled a final decision on the case.
Instead, a would suggest another explanation which I Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 Andrew Coombs - Informer. Investment stops because corporations think governments are corrupt and because they do not believe they will enjoy fair procurement processes. Camilo, thanks for the fascinating explanation. I have no background in civil law so I wonder if I can ask you to provide a bit more doctrinal detail.
In my mind, an illicit purpose would be something more like a contract to perform a hit on someone, rather than the contracts at issue in the bribery case. Very curious! Thank you, Rick, for a really interesting post that gives us a lot to think Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones - Basel 90. I agree with Professor Stephenson that the high costs of project cancellations are the Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 factor making the non-discretionary cancellation rule a good deterrent.
If the costs were on the lower side, the deterrent effect of the rule would not be very significant. However, the associated high costs also make me question the sustainability of the non-discretionary cancellation rule.
Dear Camilo and Jason, your comments are generally in line with our suggestions in the paper. There are, at least, two separate issues. The first one is whether your legal framework allows applying either remedy termination as well as other measures. The second one, is whether this other measures can have a deterring effect or not. I believe this two issues may be dealt with separately. On the other hand, it is difficult to anticipate and predict costs of cancellations.
Void Of Light - Various - Zero Tolerance Audio 48 degree of execution, the complexity of the infrastructure and the particular subsector deserve particular analysis. The moment the company stops dredging, you are facing a different scenario in terms of your cost-benefit analysis when deciding whether to cancel, terminate or continue. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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