Includes bibliographical references (pages -301) and index.
Introduction: The representativeness/effectiveness dilemma / Moira B. MacKinnon and Ludovico Feoli
Reflections on the effectiveness and representativeness of the Chilean Congress / Eduardo Alemán
Argentina's unrepresentative and unaccountable Congress under the Kirchners / Mark P. Jones and Juan Pablo Micozzi
Effectiveness and representation : effects on federal deputies' career choice and reelection / Lucio Renno and Carlos Pererira
Representation and decision-making in the Mexican Congress / María Amparo Casar
Congress in action : representativeness and effectiveness in Chile and Argentina (1900-1930) / Moira B. MacKinnon
Effectiveness and accessibility of justice system institutions in Mexico's transition to democracy / Julio Ríos-Figueroa
The role of Chile's Constitutional Court in the consolidation of democracy (1990-2011) / Javier Couso
Courting from the left : judicial effectiveness and representativeness in the Brazilian state of Acre / Matthew C. Ingram
Judiciary and democracy in Argentina / Daniel Alberto Sabsay
Meanings and challenges of representativeness in Brazilian civil society / Evelina Dagnino
Reflections on the "representativeness" of civil society organizations : an analysis of recent Latin American trends / Enrique Peruzzotti
Democratic institutions and public effectiveness of Chilean civil society in the after 1990 / Gonzalo Delamaza
Conclusion / Ludovico Feoli.
"Legislatures, the judiciary and civil society are important actors in representative democracies. In what ways and how well do they represent? And how effectively do they carry out their institutional and social roles? Both questions refer to the key dimensions of democracy analyzed in this book: representativeness and effectiveness, respectively. While they have been developed separately in scholarly work on institutions and regimes, there is little work considering them simultaneously, and on their interaction. Using quantitative and/or qualitative methods, contributions from top scholars in the field of legislatures, the judiciary and civil society examine these two concepts and their relationships in four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Designed to guide the reader through the complexities of this debate, each expert engages in a larger set of theoretical debates about different approaches to representation in each sphere. In doing so, they debate how effectively these spheres carry out their roles in each country: whether a congress is institutionalized, its accountability, and its performance as a lawmaker; whether a judicial system is independent, carries out oversight, and protects citizen rights; and the role of civil society in a representative democracy. Representation and Effectiveness in Latin American Democracies is a timely and welcomed contribution to the to the growing debate about the quality of democracy in Latin America, and the developing world more generally"-- Provided by publisher.