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OECD Integrity Review of Mexico

Taking a Stronger Stance Against Corruption

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The OECD's Integrity Review of Mexico is one of the first peer reviews to apply the new 2017 Recommendation of the Council on Public Integrity. It assesses (i) the coherence and comprehensiveness of the evolving public integrity system; (ii) the extent to which Mexico’s new reforms cultivate a culture of integrity across the public sector; and (iii) the effectiveness of increasingly stringent accountability mechanisms. In addition, the Review includes a sectoral focus on public procurement, one of the largest areas of government spending in the country and is considered a high-risk government activity for fraud and corruption. The Review provides several proposals for strengthening institutional arrangements and improving vertical and horizontal co-ordination, closing remaining gaps in various existing legal/policy frameworks, instilling integrity values and ensuring the sustainability of reforms.

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Enforcing integrity: Strengthening Mexico's administrative disciplinary regime for public officials

Effective, comprehensive public sector integrity frameworks include, not only pillars for defining, supporting and monitoring integrity, but also for the enforcement of integrity rules and standards. This chapter assesses the role of Mexico’s administrative disciplinary regime as a key mechanism for enforcing integrity. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the national administrative sanctioning system against selected OECD member and partner countries. Recommendations are put forward for consideration with a view to: improving overall effectiveness by avoiding gaps and inconsistencies between regimes and institutions in implementation; strengthening inter-institution co-ordination and capacities; and increasing monitoring and transparency to allow for better oversight and to prevent undue influence over sanctioning decisions.

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