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Institutional reform and rights revolutions in Latin America : the cases of Costa Rica and Colombia

Reforma institucional y revoluciones de derechos en América Latina: los casos de Costa Rica y Colombia
Institutionelle Reform und Revolutionen der Rechte in Lateinamerika: Costa Rica and Kolumbien
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Wilson, Bruce M.

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Abstract This article analyzes the conditions that allowed for expansive rights revolutions in Costa Rica and Colombia. My research suggests that many of the preconditions for rights revolutions in other regions of the world are also central to understanding Latin American cases. Of particular relevance is judicial system design including the high courts' operating rules concerning access, standing, and judicial formality. These factors can and do mitigate the need for extensive resources and support structures necessary in other non-Latin American countries in which rights revolutions have occurred.

Este artículo analiza las condiciones que facilitaron el surgimientode revoluciones para promover los derechos en Costa Rica y Colombia. Mi investigación sugiere que muchas de las precondiciones para lasrevoluciones de derechos en otras regiones del mundo también son centralespara entender los casos latinoamericanos. De particular relevancia es eldiseño del sistema judicial, incluyendo las reglas de funcionamiento los detribunales supremos con respecto a acceso, rango y formalidad judicial. Estos factores pueden disminuir la necesidad de recursos extensivos yestructuras de apoyo necesarios en otros paises no latinoamericanos en loscuales revoluciones de derechos han ocurrido.
Keywords Latin America; Costa Rica; Colombia; institutional change; law; judiciary; reform; civil society; social participation
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Judiciary
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Political Science; Reform politics; Social reforms; Civil and political rights; Constitutional law; Ciencia política; Política de reforma; Reformas sociales; Derechos civiles y políticos; Derecho constitucional; Colombia; Present; Colombia; Presente
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 59-85
Journal Journal of Politics in Latin America, 1 (2009) 2
ISSN 1868-4890
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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