Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2013

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Amy L. Steigerwalt

Second Advisor

Robert M. Howard

Third Advisor

Michael Fix

Fourth Advisor

Jennifer McCoy

Abstract

Conventional wisdom holds that constitutions shape behavior, structures, and institutions. Looking at provisions in the constitutions of 19 Latin American countries, I show the level of judicial independence exercised by a country’s courts and judges is a function of constitutional provisions.

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