Policing Democracy : Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America, Hardback Book

Policing Democracy : Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security in Latin America Hardback


Latin 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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 6 Figures; 2 Maps
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780801898020



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