Seeking the Political Role of the Third Government Branch: A comparative approach to high courts in Central America
Title: Seeking the Political Role of the Third Government Branch: A comparative approach to high courts in Central America
Author: MARTINEZ BARAHONA, Elena
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2007
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
Until recently, Courts were not an important component of political science research on Latin America. The quantity of research on the judiciary does not compare even remotely to the vast literature on others institutions. However, despite the relative inattention to their role, courts are institutions whose performance has concrete and relevant effects on the socio-political system. Indeed, Courts have currently emerged as active participants in the political process offering new opportunities to citizens, social movements, interest groups, and politicians. Focusing on three countries of Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala), this dissertation illustrates how far the political system in these countries is shaped in significant ways by the role of Courts as political institutions. Throughout a comparative approach, this study offers what may be the first cross-national analysis explicitly designed to serve as a comprehensive measure of the political role of High Courts.
LC Subject Heading: Constitutional law -- Central America; Courts -- Central America; Legislative bodies -- Central America; Political questions and judicial power -- Central America
Defence date: 22 January 2007; Examining board: Prof. Pilar Domingo (Universidad de Salamanca) ; Prof. Carlo Guarnieri (Università di Bologna) ; Prof. Donatella Della Porta (European University Institute) ; Prof. Philippe C. Schmitter (European University Institute)(Supervisor)
Published version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/13375
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