Problem Set 7

Due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 23, 2021


You must submit all assignments as a Word document. Answer all questions carefully and neatly. Use section headings to distinguish what question you are answering. If the question involves a graph, copy/paste the graph into your document and make sure the graph has a title and axis labels.

Task 1: Corruption in your country

Find a big corruption scandal in the country you’ve been following all semester and provide a link discussing the story. Describe:

  1. What did the corruption entail? How did it work? Which actors were involved?
  2. What was the public response to the scandal? Was there an aftermath?
  3. Did anyone suffer consequences? If yes, what proportion of the people involved does it seem like were actually punished? How severe was the punishment?
  4. Is this type of corruption common yet rarely punished in your country? If yes, why do you think in this particular instance the perpetrators were caught?

Task 2: Political cartoons

Look at the political cartoon below, from 1996, depicting Colombian presidential candidate Ernesto Samper. Do some digging around online, and in 3-5 sentences discuss the meaning and intention of each cartoon. Some guiding questions:

  • What is each cartoon referencing? What point is the author trying to emphasize in each cartoon?
  • Why an elephant? Why is it behind Samper?
  • What’s the connection between the piggy bank and what Samper is saying in the second cartoon?

Cartoon by Oscar Osuna, El Espectador, Bogotá, febrero 16 de 1996, Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango

Cartoon by Vladimir Florez (“Vladdo”), 1996