Contesting the Iron Fist
Advocacy Networks and Police Violence in Democratic Argentina and Chile
Routledge – 2005 – 236 pages
Series: Latin American Studies
This work analyzes the interactions and international connections of the "civil rights" and "pro-order" coalitions of state and societal actors in the two countries. The author demonstrates that in democratizing contexts, protecting citizens from police abuse and becomes part of a debate about how to deal with issues of public safety and social control and of perceived trade-offs between liberty and security.