Odebrecht: the company that captured governments

Breakfast seminar with Francisco Durand, author of a widely acclaimed book on the Odebrecht corruption scandal.


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A light breakfast will be served from 08:00. The seminar will start at 08:30.

(See also: conversation in Spanish in the afternoon)


Once considered a national pride and symbol of Brazil’s emergence as a global industrial power, the Brazilian infrastructure conglomerate Odebrecht has been found to be behind some of the largest corruption scandals in recent history.  The revelation of corruption scandals involving Odebrecht have led to the incarceration of a number of business leaders and officials (including former heads of state) and forced politicians in many countries from their positions.  How was Odebrecht operating? What has been the impact on governments? And what can we learn from this to prevent future scandals? These are among the topics discussed in Francisco Durand’s book: “Odebrecth: la empresa que capturaba gobiernos” (Odebrecth: the company that captured governments) that will be presented by the author in this seminar.  It is based on the study of thousands of documents emerging, a.o. from the court-cases against the company in the United States, Spain and Peru.

Main speakerFrancisco Durand

Comments by:

Jemima García-Godos, University of Oslo

Larissa Costa Slottet, Brazilian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce

ModeratorBenedicte Bull, University of Oslo / NorLARNet


Francisco Durand is Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is professor emeritus of the University of Texas, where he was a professor of Political Science, and he is a professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Notre Dame, Chicago and the Freie Universität Berlin.
He is the autor of a number of articles in international journals and of thirteen books, among them La década perdida: los industriales y el poder (1983), Business and Politics in Peru (1994), Organized Business, Economic Change and Democracy in Latin America (with E. Silva, 1996), El grupo Romero: fe, fama y fortuna (2015), Cuando el poder extractivo captura el Estado (2016) Los doce apóstoles de la economía peruana (2017) and Peru: Power Elites and Political Capture (with J. Crabtree, 2017).


Published Nov. 19, 2018 5:42 PM - Last modified Nov. 27, 2018 9:28 AM