The Rule of Law in Central America: Citizens' Reactions to Crime and Punishment

The Rule of Law in Central America: Citizens' Reactions to Crime and Punishment

by Mary Fran T. Malone
     
 

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The book is a thorough study that focuses on the impact of the current crime wave on citizens' respect for the law in countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

The work opens with a brief review of the literature on the rule of law and legal socialization, followed by an historical overview of the democratization and

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The book is a thorough study that focuses on the impact of the current crime wave on citizens' respect for the law in countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

The work opens with a brief review of the literature on the rule of law and legal socialization, followed by an historical overview of the democratization and justice reform in Central America from the 1990s to the present. Set as a comparative, micro-level study, the work then looks at an array of measures from citizens' toleration of government abuses of power to vigilante justice and the reporting of crime to police. Lastly, an empirical model is developed to predict citizens' attitudes, combining both these micro-level individual attributes with macro-level measures of institutional performance.

A unique look at the process of democratization from a comparative perspective, Citizens' Support for the Rule of Law in Central America it will appeal to faculty, researchers, and students interested in Latin American politics, comparative politics, and democratic transition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628922561
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/13/2014
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Fran T. Malone is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches classes on democratization, comparative politics, and Latin American politics. Her research focuses on a crucial component of democratization: establishing the rule of law.

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