The Accountability Deficit in Latin America

Brian F. Crisp and Matthew Soberg Shugart

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

The Accountability Deficit in Latin America

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This chapter presents accountability as an inherently vertical relationship. It discusses the conflicts between vertical accountability, horizontal exchange, and superintendence in presidential systems. It is argued that the relations between agents of the state are a function of their connections to the ultimate principal — the citizenry. The proliferation of superintendence agencies may raise expectations that cannot be met without an overhaul of the institutions of vertical accountability in Latin America.

Keywords: horizontal accountability; vertical accountability; presidential systems; accountability deficit; Latin America; horizontal exchange; state agencies

Chapter.  17609 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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