Democratic Accountability in Latin America

Paperback | September 24, 2003

EditorScott Mainwaring, Christopher Welna

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This volume on democratic accountability addresses one of the burning issues on the agenda of policy makers and citizens in contemporary Latin America: how democratic leaders in Latin America can improve accountability while simultaneously promoting governmental effectiveness. Written by well-known scholars from both Latin America and the United States, the volume enhances understanding of these key themes, which are central to the future of democracy in Latin America.

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This volume on democratic accountability addresses one of the burning issues on the agenda of policy makers and citizens in contemporary Latin America: how democratic leaders in Latin America can improve accountability while simultaneously promoting governmental effectiveness. Written by well-known scholars from both Latin America and ...

Scott Mainwaring is Conley Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame Christopher Welna is Associate Director, Kellog Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:September 24, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Conceptual and Theoretical Issues1. Scott Mainwaring: Introduction: Democratic Accountability in Latin America2. Guillermo O'Donnell: Horizontal Accountability: The Legal Institutionalization of Mistrust3. Charles D. Kenny: Horizontal Accountability: Concepts and ConflictsLegislatures, Executives, and Oversight Agencies4. Erika Moreno, Brian F. Crisp, and Matthew Soberg Shugart: The Accountability Deficit in Latin America5. Scott Morgenstern and Luigi Manzetti: Legislative Oversight: Interests and Institutions in the United States and Argentina6. Argelina Cheibub Figueiredo: The Role of Congress as an Agency of Horizontal Accountability: Lessons from the Brazilian ExperienceThe Judiciary, the Public Prosecution Office, and Rule of Law7. Maria Tereza Sadek and Rosangela Batista Cavalcanti: The New Brazilian Public Prosecution: An Agent of Accountability8. Michael Dodson and Donald W. Jackson: Horizontal Accountability and the Rule of Law in Central America9. Beatriz Magaloni: Authoritarianism, Democracy and the Supreme Court: horizontal exchange and the rule of law in MexicoSocietal Accountability10. Catalina Smulovitz and Enrique Peruzzotti: Societal and Horizontal Controls: Two Cases of a Fruitful Relationship

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Mainwaring and Welna's volume broadens the conceptual focus, addressing courts as only one of a group of political and societal actors which jointly provide accountability. The debates raised here, and the insight that the ongoing interaction between various institutions is essential to constructingaccountability, will surely become a mainstay of the growing literature on accountability in Latin America. --Matthew M. Taylor, University of Sao Paulo