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Justice System Institutions and Corruption Control. Evidence from Latin America
Justice Systems Journal (2012)
  • Julio Ríos-Figueroa
Abstract
This essay explores whether the design of justice system institutions helps control corruption. Applying the basic logic of checks and balances to intrabranch institutional design, the main argument is that any justice system where judges and prosecutors, of different ranks and levels, are unchecked actors generates incentives for them to abuse their positions. In other words, while generally judges and prosecutors are considered organs that oversee other branches of government, they may also constitute sources of corruption if left unchecked. The essay offers preliminary evidence on the specific hypotheses derived from the general argument from samples of eighteen Latin American countries and two case studies on Chile and Mexico.
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Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Julio Ríos-Figueroa. "Justice System Institutions and Corruption Control. Evidence from Latin America" Justice Systems Journal Vol. Vol. 33 Iss. No. 3 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/julio_rios/8/