Accountability in Hostile Times: The Case of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman 1996-2001

Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, February 2008, pp. 51-82

44 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2014 Last revised: 6 Feb 2015

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Tom Pegram

University College London

Date Written: February 1, 2008

Abstract

This article examines the record of the Peruvian human rights ombudsman between 1996 and 2001, seeking to explain its relative effectiveness under conditions of semi-authoritarian government. It suggests that this can be attributed to three factors: (1) the robustness of the institution’s foundations; (2) the capacity of the first appointee and personnel, and; (3) the ability of the institution to build alliances which were able to enhance accountability. Drawing on O’Donnell’s theory of a new generation of horizontal accountability mechanisms – that is, appointed, as opposed to elected, institutions – it argues that the human rights ombudsman occupied a distinct position in the Peruvian political system during this period that allowed it to interconnect different actors and arenas of accountability.

Keywords: Human rights, accountability, ombudsman, Peru, democratization

Suggested Citation

Pegram, Tom, Accountability in Hostile Times: The Case of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman 1996-2001 (February 1, 2008). Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, February 2008, pp. 51-82. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465586

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