Joris Alberdingk a PhD 1st year student presented a chapter of his master thesis that aims understand how and why the incriminating information that set off the scandals of Mensalão and Petrolão/Lava Jato in Brazil was brought to the public eye.
Here’s the abstract
A lot has been written about the consequences of the big scandals of Mensalão and Petrolão/Lava Jato which marked Brazil in the first two decades of this century. However, little research has gone into how and why the incriminating information that set off the scandals was brought to the public eye. This article aims to shed more light on the matter by identifying and examining different causal mechanisms leading to information about official misconduct being disclosed, based on interviews with Brazilian media professionals, an ex-president of the Supreme Court, and a veteran political scientist. It was found that the roles of the media, law-enforcement and the judiciary have shifted considerably between Mensalão and Lava Jato.