Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America

Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America

Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America

Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America

Synopsis

Elusive Reform explores one of the Latin American countries' biggest challenges: establishing a rule of law. Based on a close examination of historical patterns, it demonstrates how executive power and judicial disarray thwart progress toward judicial independence, state accountability, and citizen access to effective means of conflict resolution. Ungar critiques the wide spectrum of agencies responsible for enforcing the law, from the police and prisons to provincial governors, the attorney general, and the judiciary itself. He similarly analyzes the region's most recent reform innovations, among them judicial councils, national ombudsmen, and community justice forums. Although his focus is on Argentina and Venezuela, he presents valuable material on other Latin American countries, particularly Bolivia. Exposing many overlooked vulnerabilities of Latin America's democratic institutions, Elusive Reform broadens our understanding of democracy itself. Ungar explores one of the Latin American countries' biggest challenges: establishing a rule of law.
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