The State on the Streets

The State on the Streets : Police and Politics in Argentina and Brazil

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How Latin American governments will respond to popular outcry against unprecedented levels of both corruption and crime ranks among the principal political questions of this decade. "The State on the Streets" focuses on the tense interplay of police, democracy, state, and civil society in the region, using the cases of Argentina and Brazil as a lens. Mercedes Hinton draws on her rare access to a wide spectrum of actors in the two countries - including top police officials and street patrolmen, military officers and legislators, clergy and prostitutes, business owners and shantytown residents - to present a vivid account of politics on the ground. Her in-depth comparative analysis reveals surprising parallels in the reform patterns adopted in Argentina and Brazil in the past decade, supporting conclusions that carry disturbing implications for the prospects for democratic consolidation in Latin America as a more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • 1588263746
  • 9781588263742

Table of contents

Introduction: Policing Latin America. Argentina. The Rise of Insecurity. Policing in the Seat of Power. Reform the Argentine Way. Overriding Threats and Priorities. The Argentine Political Game. Brazil. The Spillover of Crime. Policing in the Marvelous City. Reform the Brazilian Way. Threats and Priorities. The Brazilian Political Game. Conclusions. Democratic Policing: A Distant Reality?show more

About Mercedes S. Hinton

Mercedes S. Hinton is a Nuffield Foundation research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she previously lectured on democracy and development in the government more

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"An up-to-date, vivid, and illuminating comparative analysis of the obstacles to police reform in South America. Dr. Hinton has focused on one of the most critical (and little studied) obstacles of full democratization in the region." - Laurence Whitehead, Nuffield College, University of Oxford" "This book is a breath of fresh air in the study of the politics of policing in the Americas." - Paul Chevigny, New York Universityshow more

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