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Societal and Horizontal Controls: Two Cases of a Fruitful Relationship

Catalina Smulovitz and Enrique Peruzzotti

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/10.1093/0199256373.003.0010

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

Societal and Horizontal Controls: Two Cases of a Fruitful Relationship

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This chapter examines the interactions between societal and horizontal mechanisms of accountability in Latin America. The analysis of two case studies shows that the activation of the horizontal mechanisms was possible due to pressures from below. The actions of individuals, associations, and the media transformed local and particular cases into issues on the public agenda. The constructed public issue, in turn, became a denunciation of the failure of horizontal mechanism of accountability, and a demand of their proper operation.

Keywords: Latin America; societal mechanisms of accountability; horizontal accountability; interactions; case studies

Chapter.  8940 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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