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Horizontal Accountability and the Rule of Law in Central America

Michael Dodson and Donald W. Jackson

in Democratic Accountability in Latin America

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199256372
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602368 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256373.003.0008

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Horizontal Accountability and the Rule of Law in Central America

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This chapter examines the efficacy of justice reform in creating effective mechanisms of horizontal accountability in El Salvador and Guatemala. There is little evidence to suggest that reforms have instilled in judges, prosecutors and the police a commitment to horizontal accountability. Moreover, the public remains skeptical about the impact of reform in promoting horizontal accountability.

Keywords: horizontal accountability; Guatemala; El Salvador; legal reforms; oversight; judicial reform

Chapter.  15232 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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