"The Politics of Justice and Justice Reform in Latin America offers an introduction to the traditional roles and operations of Latin American justice systems and the origins, objectives, and potential of contemporary reform efforts. Its detailed focus on the Peruvian experience is complemented by shorter case studies on Colombia, El Salvador, and Costa Rica and comparative examples from numerous other countries. It views justice reform as both a technical and political process, demonstrating how evolving understandings in both areas have increased conflicts over the limits and direction of future change." "The book has special relevance for Peruvianists, but its unique comparative overview of Latin America's orphan branch of government make it a valuable addition to courses on Latin American and comparative politics. Its emphasis on the broader dilemmas posed by sector reform and its analysis of the evolution of reform policy and politics will be of interest to students of comparative legal system, public policy, and political change in both developed and developing regions."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-336) and index.
1. Justice in Latin America: Some Reflections on Its Problems and the Prospects for Reform -- The Peruvian Case. 2. Historical Background. 3. The Justice System: Institutional Overview. 4. The Justice System in Operation: Criminal Justice. 5. System Performance and Impact: The Crisis, Its Origins, and the Efforts to Induce Change. 6. The Fujimori Reforms -- Justice Reform as a Regional Phenomenon. 7. Other Latin American Experience. 8. Peru's Experience in Comparative Perspective: Prospects and Lessons for Reform. 9. Justice Reform in the Region: Some Concluding Observations and a Look Ahead