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Informal Institutions And Democracy : Lessons from Latin America (Paperback)

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This volume analyzes the function of informal institutions in Latin America and how they support or weaken democratic governance. Drawing from a wide range of examples?including the Mexicandedazo, clientelism in Brazil, legislative "ghost coalitions" in Ecuador, and elite power-sharing in Chile?the contributors examine how informal rules shape the performance of state and democratic institutions, offering fresh and timely insights into contemporary problems of governability, "unrule of law," and the absence of effective representation, participation, and accountability in Latin America.

The editors present this analysis within a fourfold conceptual framework: complementary institutions, which fill gaps in formal rules or enhance their efficacy; accommodative informal institutions, which blunt the effects of dysfunctional formal institutions; competing informal institutions, which directly subvert the formal rules; and substitutive informal institutions, which replace ineffective formal institutions.


Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780801883521
SKU 202853872
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0801883520
Release Date 8/30/2006
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0351
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
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