The role of the audit in the prevention and detection of corruption events: Evidence of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Lorena Furtado, Tatiane Antonovz, Blenio Peixe, Michael Correa


Purpose: The aim of this research is to analyze the actions related to evidences of corruption practices in the light of the Public Choice Theory, from the opportunism point of view. As a focus of investigated policy, the study was focused to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games held in Brazil.

Design/methodology/approach: The analyzed data were the audit reports issued by the Comptroller General of Brazil (CGU) and the news published by The Guardian and Le Monde, both from 2009 to 2016. This information passed through content analysis and the software was the Nvivo.

Findings: Regarding the audit reports, from 41 units, 17 presented inconsistencies about the bidding process or execution after such procedure, and in some cases concomitantly, that indicates corruption practices. Changing to the news, 34 from a sample of 38 units were analyzed.

Research limitations/implications: Notes related to non-opening of contracting processes, exemptions from bidding, use of invitation letter in an inappropriate manner, lack of competition among companies in the market, subcontracting of companies by contracted ones, which disqualified the bidding process, favoritism among other irregularities pointed out for possible corruption practices.

Originality/value: These documents presented actions related to bribes, illegalities in bidding processes and investigations related to politics in Brazil, corroborating the Public Choice Theory regarding opportunistic practices of managers in the primacy for one policy over others.


Audit in prevention, detection of evidence of corruption, Rio 2016 olympics

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Online ISSN: 1697-9818; Print ISSN: 2014-3214; DL: B-33375-2004

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