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Title Courts in Latin America / edited by Gretchen Helmke, Julio Rios-Figueroa
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Contents Introduction:Courts in Latin America / Gretchen Helmke and Julio Ríos-Figueroa -- Institutions for Constitutional Justice in Latin America / Julio Ríos-Figueroa -- Enforcing Rights and Exercising an Accountability Function: Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court / Bruce M. Wilson -- Strategic Deference in the Colombian Constitutional Court, 1992-2006 / Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Raga -- From Quietism to Incipient Activism: The Institutional and Ideological Roots of Rights Adjudication in Chile / Javier Couso and Lisa Hilbink -- "Faithful Servants of the Regime": The Brazilian Constitutional Court's Role under the 1988 Constitution / Daniel M. Brinks -- Power Broker, Policy Maker, or Rights Protector? The Brazilian Supremo Tribunal Federal in Transition / Diana Kapiszewski -- Legalist versus Interpretativist: The Supreme Court and the Democratic Transition in Mexico / Arianna Sánchez, Beatriz Magaloni, and Eric Magar -- A Theory of the Politically Independent Judiciary: A Comparative Study of the United States and Argentina / Rebecca Bill Chávez, John A. Ferejohn, and Barry R. Weingast -- Courts, Power, and Rights in Argentina and Chile / Druscilla Scribner -- Bolivia: The Rise (and Fall) of Judicial Review / Andrea Castagnola and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán -- The Puzzling Judicial Politics of Latin America: A Theory of Litigation, Judicial Decisions, and Interbranch Conflict / Gretchen Helmke and Jeffrey K. Staton -- Index
Summary "To what extent do courts in Latin America protect individual rights and limit governments? This volume answers these fundamental questions by bringing together today's leading scholars of judicial politics. Drawing on examples from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Bolivia, the authors demonstrate that there is widespread variation in the performance of Latin America's constitutional courts. In accounting for this variation, the contributors push forward ongoing debates about what motivates judges; whether institutions, partisan politics, and public support shape interbranch relations; and the importance of judicial attitudes and legal culture. The authors deploy a range of methods, including qualitative case studies, paired country comparisons, statistical analysis, and game theory"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Constitutional courts -- Latin America
Courts of last resort -- Latin America
Judicial process -- Latin America
Civil rights -- Latin America
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Judicial Branch.
LAW -- Legal Services.
LAW -- Civil Procedure.
Civil rights.
Constitutional courts.
Courts of last resort.
Judicial process.
Latin America.
Form Electronic book
Author Helmke, Gretchen, 1967-
Ríos Figueroa, Julio
LC no. 2010038589
ISBN 9781139042291