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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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Horizontal Accountability: The Legal Institutionalization of Mistrust

Horizontal Accountability: The Legal Institutionalization of Mistrust

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(p.34) 2 Horizontal Accountability: The Legal Institutionalization of Mistrust
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Democratic Accountability in Latin America
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Guillermo O'Donnell (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199256373.003.0002

This chapter examines horizontal accountability (HA) in Latin American state agencies. It considers two main directions in which HA may come into play: the unlawful encroachment by one state agency upon the proper authority of another; and corruption, which consists of unlawful advantages that public officials obtain for themselves and/or their associates. It argues that when the responsibilities of HA exist in the law but the respective agencies are made ineffective by superior powers, the transgressions of these powers will be facilitated, and agencies will be discredited.

Keywords:   horizontal accountability, Latin America, state agencies, enroachment, corruption, institutionalisation, mistrust

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