The Judicialization of Politics in Latin Americaby Rachel Sieder
Pub. Date: 04/07/2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
During the last two decades the judiciary has come to play an increasingly important political role in Latin America. Constitutional courts and supreme courts are more active in counterbalancing executive and legislative power than ever before. At the same time, the lack of effective citizenship rights has prompted ordinary people to press their claims and secure their rights through the courts. This collection of essays analyzes the diverse manifestations of the judicialization of politics in contemporary Latin America, assessing their positive and negative consequences for state-society relations, the rule of law, and democratic governance in the region. With individual chapters exploring Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, it advances a comparative framework for thinking about the nature of the judicialization of politics within contemporary Latin American democracies.
Table of ContentsIntroduction:The Judicialization of Politics in Latin America; R.Sieder, L.Schjolden& A.Angell Judicialization of Politics: The Changing Political Role of the Judiciary in Mexico; P.Domingo Changing Dynamics:The Political Impact of Costa Rica's Constitutional Court; B.M.Wilson The Judicialization of Politics in Colombia: The Old and the New; M.José Cepeda Espinosa The Judicialization of Chilean Politics: The Rights Revolution That Never Was; J.A.Couso Judicialization and Regime Transformation: The Venezuelan Supreme Court; R.Pérez-Perdomo Petitioning and Creating Rights: Judicialization in Argentina; C.Smulovitz Community Justice Institutions and Judicialization: Lessons from Rural Peru; J.Faundez Private Conflicts, Public Powers: Domestic Violence in the Courts in Latin America; F.Macaulay Constitutionalism, the expansion of Justice and the Judicialization of Politics in Brazil; R.B.Arantes The Transnational Dimension of the Judicialization of Politics in Latin America; K.Sikkink Afterword; G.O'Donnell
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