Inequality and unconsolidated democracies in Latin America: the role of flawed judicial institutions

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Date created: 
2009
Keywords: 
Democratization – Latin America
Justice, Administration of – Latin America
Courts – Latin America
Equality – Latin America
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- Latin America
Latin America
Democracy
Inequality
Judicial systems
Democratic consolidation
Accountability
Abstract: 

Latin American democracies are characterized by three traits – illiberalism, inequality, and weak judicial institutions – which are connected to each other through a complex system of mechanisms. Flawed judiciaries diminish both the capacity of the state to guarantee constitutional rights and the ability of democracy to empower marginalized citizens. These trends contribute to systemic bias and discrimination, the criminalization of the poor, and the private administration of justice. Reforming judicial institutions to increase the strength of the judicial branch and enhance horizontal accountability has the potential to dismantle structural inequality in Latin America and contribute to the deepening and consolidation of these democratic regimes.

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English
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Thesis
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School for International Studies - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project (M.A.)
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