Enforcing the Rule of Law: Social Accountability in the New Latin American Democracies

Enforcing the Rule of Law: Social Accountability in the New Latin American Democracies

by Enrique Peruzzotti, Catalina Smulovitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822958961

ISBN-13: 9780822958963

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Reports of scandal and corruption have led to the downfall of numerous political leaders in Latin America in recent years. What conditions have developed that allow for the exposure of wrongdoing and the accountability of leaders? Enforcing the Rule of Law examines how elected officials in Latin American democracies have come under scrutiny from new forms of

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Reports of scandal and corruption have led to the downfall of numerous political leaders in Latin America in recent years. What conditions have developed that allow for the exposure of wrongdoing and the accountability of leaders? Enforcing the Rule of Law examines how elected officials in Latin American democracies have come under scrutiny from new forms of political control, and how these social accountability mechanisms have been successful in counteracting corruption and the limitations of established institutions.

This volume reveals how legal claims, media interventions, civic organizations, citizen committees, electoral observation panels, and other watchdog groups have become effective tools for monitoring political authorities. Their actions have been instrumental in exposing government crime, bringing new issues to the public agenda, and influencing or even reversing policy decisions.

Enforcing the Rule of Law presents compelling accounts of the emergence of civic action movements and their increasing political influence in Latin America, and sheds new light on the state of democracy in the region.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822958963
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Pitt Latin American Studies Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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