Courts under Constraints
Judges, Generals, and Presidents in Argentina
By (author) Gretchen Helmke
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Courts under Constraints by Gretchen Helmke
Book DescriptionThis study offers a theoretical framework for understanding how institutional instability affects judicial behavior under dictatorship and democracy. In stark contrast to conventional wisdom, the central findings of the book contradict some assumptions that only independent judges rule against the government of the day. Set in the context of Argentina, the study uses the tools of positive political theory to explore the conditions under which courts rule against the government. In addition to shedding light on the dynamics of court-executive relations in Argentina, the study provides general lessons about institutions, instability, and the rule of law. In the process, the study builds a set of connections among diverse bodies of scholarship, including US judicial politics, comparative institutional analysis, positive political theory, and Latin American politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521820592
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gretchen Helmke
Institutions on the Edge, Paperback (February 2017)
Drawing on contemporary Latin America, this book argues that concentrating power in the executive branch destabilizes presidents, legislatures, and courts.
Courts in Latin America, Paperback (January 2014)
Explores the extent to which courts in Latin America protect individual rights and limit governments.
Courts Under Constraints, Paperback (July 2012)
This book is a study of how institutional instability affects judicial behavior under dictatorship and democracy.
Informal Institutions and Democracy, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Gretchen Helmke
Analyzes the function of informal institutions in Latin America and how they support or weaken democratic governance. This work examines how informal rules shape the performance of state and democratic institutions, offering insights into contemporary problems of governability, and unrule of law.
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Author Biography - Gretchen Helmke
Gretchen Helmke is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Rochester. Her research on comparative institutions and Latin American politics appears in several leading journals, including the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, and Desarollo Economico. Her research has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. She has been a visiting research fellow at the Fundacion Carlos Nino in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
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