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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin AmericaRethinking Participation and Representation$
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Douglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite, Scott B. Martin, Kerianne Piester, and Monique Segarra

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198781837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198781830.001.0001

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Popular Responses to State‐Sponsored Violence in Brazil

Popular Responses to State‐Sponsored Violence in Brazil

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(p.261) 11 Popular Responses to State‐Sponsored Violence in Brazil
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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America
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Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198781830.003.0011

Highlights a fundamental contradiction in Brazil's democracy: the coexistence of political rights with pervasive human rights abuse. Political violence, condoned by the state, inhibits the extension of citizenship rights. Brazilian Human Rights NGOs have made significant gains in combating societal and state violence. However, NGOs and other civil society actors are limited in their ability to curb the use of extra‐legal force by the extensive corruption within the state's judicial and security systems and by the lack of accountability in its political society. The ability to extend and to consolidate democracy in Brazil is blocked by the persistence of authoritarian practice within society and state.

Keywords:   accountability politics, Brazil, corruption, democratic consolidation, human rights, inequality, non‐governmental Organizations, Rule of Law, violence

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