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Understanding Institutional Weakness : Power and Design in Latin American Institutions, Paperback / softback Book


This Element introduces the concept of institutional weakness, arguing that weakness or strength is a function of the extent to which an institution actually matters to social, economic or political outcomes.

It then presents a typology of three forms of institutional weakness: insignificance, in which rules are complied with but do not affect the way actors behave; non-compliance, in which state elites either choose not to enforce the rules or fail to gain societal cooperation with them; and instability, in which the rules are changed at an unusually high rate.

The Element then examines the sources of institutional weakness.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 75 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Hispanic & Latino studies
  • ISBN: 9781108738880



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