Victimization and Vigilante Justice in Uruguay

DECON Departamento de Economia, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de al Republica, Documentos de Trabajo No. 07/12, Julio 2012

23 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2012 Last revised: 21 Sep 2012

Fernando Borraz

Universidad de la Republica - Faculty of Social Sciences; Central Bank of Uruguay

Cecilia Chouhy

Universidad de la Republica - Departamento de Economía (dECON)

Maximo Rossi

Departamento de Economía, dECON; Universidad de la Republica - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 1, 2012

Abstract

This article analyzes the attitude of the Uruguayans towards the subjection to the law in the prosecution and punishment of offenders. Specifically, it addresses the approval of people taking justice into their own hands and justification for police action outside the law when capturing delinquents. The LAPOP database (Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbilt University) conducted in 2008 is used for this purpose. Analyzing probit estimates, it is observed that the justification of people taking justice into their own hand is related to the respondent’s experience and situation. Having been victimized in recent months, feeling unsafe in their neighborhood and considering their economic situation as not good, increases the probability of assuming such position. On the other hand, adherence to police procedures is related to individual’s philosophical and political beliefs. This finding indicates that the formation of such attitudes has a differential dynamic and that Uruguayans, when justifying actions outside the law, consider the type of action and the actor involved.

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Keywords: victimization, punitivism, probit estimation, Uruguay

JEL Classification: K42, C25

Suggested Citation

Borraz, Fernando and Chouhy, Cecilia and Rossi, Maximo, Victimization and Vigilante Justice in Uruguay (July 1, 2012). DECON Departamento de Economia, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de al Republica, Documentos de Trabajo No. 07/12, Julio 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2146001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2146001

Fernando Borraz

Universidad de la Republica - Faculty of Social Sciences ( email )

CP 11200 Montevideo
Uruguay

Central Bank of Uruguay ( email )

Diagonal Fabini 777
Montevideo, CP 11100
Uruguay

Cecilia Chouhy

Universidad de la Republica - Departamento de Economía (dECON) ( email )

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
Jose E. Rodo 1854
Montevideo 11200, 11200
Uruguay

Maximo Rossi (Contact Author)

Universidad de la Republica - Department of Economics ( email )

Constituyente 1502 Piso 6º
Montevideo, 11200
Uruguay
+598 2 4106449 (Phone)
+598 2 4106450 (Fax)

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Departamento de Economía, dECON ( email )

Facultad de Ciencias Sociales
Jose E. Rodo 1854
Montevideo 11200, 11200
Uruguay
59824106449 (Phone)
59824106450 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://Http://www.decon.edu.uy/~mito

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