Contesting the Iron Fist

Advocacy Networks and Police Violence in Democratic Argentina and Chile

By Claudio Fuentes

© 2005 – Routledge

236 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL004000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POL009000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative