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.
Introduction. 1. Guarding the Guardians. 2. Chile: The Denial of Police Violence 3. Explaining an "Unexpected" Legal Reform in Chile 4. Argentina: Strong Advocacy Groups, Fluctuating Influence 5. Dealing with a Corporate Police Force in Argentina. 6. Contesting the Iron Fist. Appendix One: Chile: Government's Reactions Toward International and Local Reports. Appendix Two: Testing Social Groups' Responsiveness. Appendix Three: Argentina: Selected Cases of Corruption.
Claudio Fuentes is the Academic Coordinator at the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO-Chile).