The Unfinished Transition to Democracy in Latin America

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The Unfinished Transition to Democracy in Latin America

By Juan Carlos Calleros-Alarcón

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This book examines the political evolution of the judiciary – a usually overlooked political actor – and its capacity to contribute to the process of democratic consolidation in Latin America during the 1990s. Calleros analyzes twelve countries in order to assess the independence, impartiality, political strength and efficiency of the judicial branch. The picture that emerges – with the one exception of Costa Rica – is the persistence of weak judicial systems, unable in practice to check other branches of government, including the executive and the military, while not quite effective in fully protecting human rights or in implementing due process of law guarantees. Aggravating issues, such as corruption, heavy case backlogs, overcrowding of prisons, circumvention of laws and personal vulnerability of judges, make the judiciary the least evolved of the three branches of government in the Latin American transitions to democracy.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> American Government

The Unfinished Transition to Democracy in Latin America
1st edition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 11/20/08
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 242 pages

ISBN 10: 1135907218
ISBN 13: 9781135907211
Print ISBN: 9780415957632

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