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2011 Winner of the Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize of the International Political Science AssociationLatin America’s crime rates are astonishing by any standard—the region’s homicide rate is the world’s highest. This crisis continually traps governments between the need for comprehensive reform and the public demand for immediate action, usually meaning iron-fisted police tactics harking back to the repressive pre-1980s dictatorships. In Policing Democracy, Mark Ungar situates Latin America at a crossroads between its longstanding form of reactive policing and a problem-oriented approach based on prevention and citizen participation. Drawing on extensive case studies from Argentina, Bolivia, and Honduras, he reviews the full spectrum of areas needing reform: criminal law, policing, investigation, trial practices, and incarceration. Finally, Policing Democracy probes democratic politics, power relations, and regional disparities of security and reform to establish a framework for understanding the crisis and moving beyond it.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
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  1. Acronyms and Abbreviations
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  1. Preface
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  1. 1. Introduction
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  1. 2. Realms of Change and Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform
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  1. 3. Citizen Security and Democracy
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  1. 4. Honduras
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  1. 5. Bolivia
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  1. 6. Argentina
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  1. 7. Overcoming Obstacles to Reform
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  1. 8. Conclusion
  2. pp. 324-330
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  1. Appendix A: National Homicide Rates, 1995–2009
  2. pp. 331-336
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  1. Appendix B: Citizen Security Structures and Police Ranks
  2. pp. 337-340
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  1. Glossary
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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ISBN
9781421428147
Related ISBN(s)
9780801898020, 9781421429403
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OCLC
1049797471
Pages
416
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-29
Language
English
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