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Latin American Constitutionalism, 1810-2010The Engine Room of the Constitution$
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Roberto Gargarella

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937967.001.0001

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Contemporary Constitutionalism IConstitutions in Internal Tension

Contemporary Constitutionalism IConstitutions in Internal Tension

(p.148) 8 Contemporary Constitutionalism IConstitutions in Internal Tension
Latin American Constitutionalism, 1810-2010

Roberto Gargarella

Oxford University Press

The eight chapter is the first of two chapters dedicated to the study of contemporary Latin American constitutionalism. This chapter begins with the examination of two crucial political events in the development of contemporary constitutionalism, namely the wave of political dictatorships that appeared in the region during the last part of the 20th Century; and the so-called neoliberal economic programs that were applied in most countries since the 1990s. In particular, the chapter studies a legal tension that the new or reformed Constitutions aggravated, namely the tension between what they did at the level of rights, and what they did not do with regard to the organization of powers.

Keywords:   Dictatorship, neoliberalism, social protest, constitutional rights, organization of power

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