Informal interference in the judiciary in new democracies : a comparison of six African and Latin American cases

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URL http://edoc.vifapol.de/opus/volltexte/2015/5698/
Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Schriftenreihe: GIGA Working Papers
Bandnummer: 245
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2014
Publikationsdatum: 30.03.2015
Originalveröffentlichung: http://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/system/files/publications/wp245_llanos-weber-heyl-stroh_0.pdf (2014)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Lateinamerika , Französisch-Westafrika , Demokratisierung
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 89.35 (Demokratie), 89.31 (Staatslehre)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

This paper assesses the extent to which elected power holders informally intervene in the judiciaries of new democracies, an acknowledged but under‐researched topic in studies of judicial politics. The paper first develops an empirical strategy for the study of informal interference based on perceptions recorded in interviews, then applies the strategy to six third‐wave democracies, three in Africa (Benin, Madagascar and Senegal) and three in Latin America (Argentina, Chile and Paraguay). It also examines how three conditioning factors affect the level of informal judicial interference: formal rules, previous democratic experience, and socioeconomic development. Our results show that countries with better performance in all these conditioning factors exhibit less informal interference than countries with poorer or mixed performance. The results stress the importance of systematically including informal politics in the study of judicial politics.


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