Contesting the Iron Fist: Advocacy Networks and Police Violence in Democratic Argentina and Chile, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Contesting the Iron Fist

Advocacy Networks and Police Violence in Democratic Argentina and Chile, 1st Edition

By Claudio Fuentes


236 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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This work analyzes the interactions and international connections of the "civil rights" and "pro-order" coalitions of state and societal actors in the two countries. The author demonstrates that in democratizing contexts, protecting citizens from police abuse and becomes part of a debate about how to deal with issues of public safety and social control and of perceived trade-offs between liberty and security.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Guarding the Guardians. 2. Chile: The Denial of Police Violence 3. Explaining an "Unexpected" Legal Reform in Chile 4. Argentina: Strong Advocacy Groups, Fluctuating Influence 5. Dealing with a Corporate Police Force in Argentina. 6. Contesting the Iron Fist. Appendix One: Chile: Government's Reactions Toward International and Local Reports. Appendix Two: Testing Social Groups' Responsiveness. Appendix Three: Argentina: Selected Cases of Corruption.

About the Author

Claudio Fuentes is the Academic Coordinator at the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO-Chile).

About the Series

Latin American Studies

Social Sciences and Law

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General