Introduction: Democratic Accountability in Latin America<sup>*</sup>

Scott Mainwaring

in Democratic Accountability in Latin America

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256372
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602368 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Introduction: Democratic Accountability in Latin America*

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion on the challenges of democratic accountability in Latin America. It then presents the three main themes that run throughout the book. These are the controversies about the definition of accountability, the relationship between electoral accountability and mechanisms of control and oversight of public agencies, and the shortcomings and advances of non-electoral forms of accountability in contemporary Latin America.

Keywords: democratic accountability; Latin America; political accountability; electoral accountability; intrastate accountability; oversight

Chapter.  11390 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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