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2006

Comparative Politics

Julio Ríos-Figueroa

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Institutional Determinants Of The Judicialisation Of Policy In Brazil And Mexico, Julio Antonio Rios-Figueroa, Matthew M. Taylor Jan 2006

Institutional Determinants Of The Judicialisation Of Policy In Brazil And Mexico, Julio Antonio Rios-Figueroa, Matthew M. Taylor

Julio Ríos-Figueroa

This article offers a comparative perspective on judicial involvement in policy change in Latin America during the last decade and a half. Drawing on the literature on new institutionalism and the judicialisation of politics, and on case studies from Latin America’s two largest countries, we propose a comparative framework for analysing the judicialisation of policy in the region. On the basis of this framework, we argue that institutional structure is a primary determinant of patterns of the judicialisation of policy. In particular, institutional characteristics of the legal system affect the way political actors fight to achieve their policy objectives ...