Reports of scandal and corruption have led to the downfall of
numerous political leaders in Latin America in recent years. What
conditions have developed that allow for the exposure of wrongdoing
and the accountability of leaders? "Enforcing the Rule of Law"
examines how elected officials in Latin American democracies have
come under scrutiny from new forms of political control, and how
these social accountability mechanisms have been successful in
counteracting corruption and the limitations of established
This volume reveals how legal claims, media interventions, civic
organizations, citizen committees, electoral observation panels,
and other watchdog groups have become effective tools for
monitoring political authorities. Their actions have been
instrumental in exposing government crime, bringing new issues to
the public agenda, and influencing or even reversing policy
"Enforcing the Rule of Law "presents compelling accounts of the
emergence of civic action movements and their increasing political
influence in Latin America, and sheds new light on the state of
democracy in the region.
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