Ideal justice in Latin America : interests, ideas, and the political origins of judicial activism in Brazil and Colombia

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dc.contributor.advisor Weyland , Kurt Gerhard
dc.contributor.committeeMember Brinks , Daniel
dc.contributor.committeeMember Elkins , Zachary
dc.contributor.committeeMember Hunter , Wendy
dc.contributor.committeeMember Jacobsohn , Gary
dc.creator Nunes , Rodrigo Marinho
dc.date.accessioned 2010 -12 -09T18 :39 :17Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010 -12 -09T18 :39 :23Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :46 :39Z
dc.date.available 2010 -12 -09T18 :39 :17Z
dc.date.available 2010 -12 -09T18 :39 :23Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :46 :39Z
dc.date.created 2010 -08
dc.date.issued 2010 -12 -09
dc.date.submitted August 2010
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -1697
dc.description.abstract What are the causes and consequences of judicial empowerment ? What motivates the political decision to delegate authority to independent judiciaries , and what explains the subsequent behavior of these institutions ? Going against current trends in comparative judicial politics , this dissertation answers these questions by taking ideas seriously . Dominant accounts of judicial empowerment and behavior associate the emergence of rights protecting judiciaries with the actions of powerful political actors concerned with the protection and promotion of their political self -interests . In contrast , my analysis of Brazil and Colombia links the emergence of such institutions to the actions of groups and individuals who subscribe to the principled belief that courts should focus their efforts on the protection and promotion of constitutional guarantees . These ideational carriers use their resources to convince institutional designers of the suitability of their proposals , and exert powerful influence over the institutional outcome of constitutional transitions . These actors also influence the actions of newly empowered courts to the extent that they are able to entrench their ideational allies on the bench during the uncertainty of the transition . These findings contradict the arguments that judicial empowerment is designed to weaken electoral opponents or to insulate the political process from popular pressures , and that judges are rational -strategic actors whose main concern is to protect their institutional integrity .
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Ideas
dc.subject Judicial reform
dc.subject Judicial activism
dc.subject Constitutional transitions
dc.subject Brazil
dc.subject Colombia
dc.title Ideal justice in Latin America : interests , ideas , and the political origins of judicial activism in Brazil and Colombia
dc.description.department Government
dc.type.genre thesis *
dc.type.material text *
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.discipline Government
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.department Government
dc.date.updated 2010 -12 -09T18 :39 :23Z

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Ideal justice in Latin America : interests, ideas, and the political origins of judicial activism in Brazil and Colombia. Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -1697 .

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