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Author Kapiszewski, Diana.

Title High courts and economic governance in Argentina and Brazil / Diana Kapiszewski
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 289 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. High court-elected branch institutions in Latin America -- 2. Setting the scene: Latin America's triple transition and the judicialization of economic governance -- 3. Politicization and the political court in Argentina -- 4. Professionalism and the statesman court in Brazil -- 5. The political court and high court submission and inter-branch confrontation in Argentina -- 6. The statesman court and inter-branch accommodation in Brazil -- 7. Conclusions and implications
Summary "High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil analyzes how high courts and elected leaders in Latin America interacted over neoliberal restructuring, one of the most significant socioeconomic transformations in recent decades. Courts face a critical choice when deciding cases concerning national economic policy, weighing rule of law concerns against economic imperatives. Elected leaders confront equally difficult dilemmas when courts issue decisions challenging their actions. Based on extensive fieldwork in Argentina and Brazil, this study identifies striking variation in inter-branch interactions between the two countries. In Argentina, while high courts often defer to politicians in the economic realm, inter-branch relations are punctuated by tense bouts of conflict. Brazilian courts and elected officials, by contrast, routinely accommodate one another in their decisions about economic policy. Diana Kapiszewski argues that the two high courts' contrasting characters - political in Argentina and statesman-like in Brazil - shaped their decisions on controversial cases and conditioned how elected leaders responded to their rulings, channeling inter-branch interactions into persistent patterns"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Courts of last resort -- Argentina.
Courts of last resort -- Brazil.
Political questions and judicial power -- Argentina.
Political questions and judicial power -- Brazil.
Argentina -- Economic policy.
Brazil -- Economic policy.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1139017667 (electronic bk.)
1139549367 (electronic bk.)
9781139017664 (electronic bk.)
9781139549363 (electronic bk.)