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Understanding Institutional Weakness
Power and Design in Latin American Institutions

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Part of Elements in Politics and Society in Latin America

  • Date Published: June 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108738880

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  • 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.

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    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108738880
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 4 mm
    • weight: 0.21kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Defining institutions
    3. Institutional weakness
    4. Accounting for institutional weakness
    5. The persistence of institutional weakness in Latin America
    6. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Daniel M. Brinks, University of Texas, Austin

    Steven Levitsky, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Maria Victoria Murillo, Columbia University, New York

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