1st Edition

Contesting the Iron Fist
Advocacy Networks and Police Violence in Democratic Argentina and Chile

ISBN 9780415646970
Published July 27, 2012 by Routledge
236 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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