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Democratic Accountability in Latin America$
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Scott Mainwaring and Christoper Welna

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256373.001.0001

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Societal and Horizontal Controls: Two Cases of a Fruitful Relationship

Societal and Horizontal Controls: Two Cases of a Fruitful Relationship

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(p.309) 10 Societal and Horizontal Controls: Two Cases of a Fruitful Relationship
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Democratic Accountability in Latin America
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Catalina Smulovitz

Enrique Peruzzotti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256373.003.0010

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

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