Corruption in La Paz: Mayor Fights City Hall

Case Analysis

When a young, former mining executive was elected mayor of experience in La Paz, Bolivia in 1985 without prior elective office, he expects notorious inefficiency and overstaffing aggressive attack. But within a few weeks, Mayor Ronald MacLean finds that although he is he some predictable antagonists, such as public sector unions against job cuts also faces difficulties in the understanding of the operation of city government. MacLean finally realizes that the problems he fac … Read more »

When a young, former mining executive was elected mayor of experience in La Paz, Bolivia in 1985 without prior elective office, he expects notorious inefficiency and overstaffing aggressive attack. But within a few weeks, Mayor Ronald MacLean finds that although he is he some predictable antagonists, such as public sector unions against job cuts also faces difficulties in the understanding of the operation of city government. MacLean finally realizes that the problems he is less than the inefficiency of a potent antagonist: corruption. This case describes the efforts of the Mayor MacLean to understand how and why corruption taken root in the La Paz government and develop a strategy to uproot it. The second part of the housing specially formulated approaches that stem from MacLean conviction that corruption is less a reflection of the cultural or ethical problems than a poorly designed systems, which provides access to the medium is for corruption. MacLean progress in the fight against corruption is described how his recovery after MacLean’s departure from office. The case is also suitable for the discussion of organizational change, but is best suited to specific discussion of corruption in the third world and the ways in which progress in the fight against it can be institutionalized and sustained. HKS case number 1523.0
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from
Esther Scott,
Merilee Grindle,
John W. Thomas
13 pages.
Release date: 01 September, 1999. Prod #: HKS064-PDF-ENG
Corruption in La Paz: A Mayor Fights City Hall HBR case solution