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Political Careers, Corruption, and Impunity
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In Political Careers, Corruption, and Impunity: Panama's Assembly, 1984-2009, Carlos Guevara Mann systematically examines the behavior of the members of Panama’s Legislative Assembly between 1984 and 2009, an arena previously unexplored in studies of Panamanian politics. He challenges fundamental aspects of scholarly literature on democratic legislatures, with important consequences for understanding democratic politics in Latin America and other parts of the world. The current literature on legislatures assumes that legislators single-mindedly seek reelection or the advancement of their political careers, and that they pursue these goals through acceptable democratic means. Guevara Mann shows, however, that in Panama many legislators also pursue less laudable goals such as personal enrichment and freedom from prosecution, often reaching their goals through means—widespread clientelism, party switching, and electoral manipulation—that undermine the quality of democracy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part 1: Institutions
  2. p. 15
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  1. 1. Political Representation and Representative Assemblies
  2. pp. 17-35
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  1. 2. The Party System: Parties and Actors in Panama's Assembly
  2. pp. 36-64
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  1. 3. Formal Institutional Incentives to Behavior
  2. pp. 65-90
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  1. 4. Informal Institutions and Assembly Members' Behavior
  2. pp. 91-114
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  1. Part 2: Assembly Members' Goals, Behaviors, and Activities
  2. p. 115
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  1. 5. Political Advancement through Reflection: Prospects and Possibilities in Panama
  2. pp. 117-130
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  1. 6. Political Advancement through Reelection: The Legal and Illegal Uses of Patronage
  2. pp. 131-152
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  1. 7. Political Advancement through Reelection: Party Switching and Electoral Manipulation
  2. pp. 153-176
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  1. 8. Personal Enrichment through Legal Means: Assembly Members' Wages in Comparative Perspective
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. 9. Personal Enrichment through Legal Means: Expanding Emoluments and Privileges
  2. pp. 192-213
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  1. 10. Personal Enrichment through Illegal Means
  2. pp. 214-235
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  1. 11. Preserving Immunity through Reelection
  2. pp. 236-253
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 254-266
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  1. Appendices [Appendix A through Appendix T]
  2. pp. 267-373
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 374-399
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 400-436
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  1. Other Works Consulted
  2. pp. 437-439
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  1. Index [Includes About the Author and Back Cover]
  2. pp. 440-453
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