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: 29/04/2011
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780801898020