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Policing Protest in Argentina and Chile

Michelle D. Bonner
Policing Protest in Argentina and Chile
ISBN: 978-1-935049-86-9
2014/249 pages/LC: 2013040901
A FirstForumPress Book
"Provides a creative and engaging take on an issue of considerable topical relevance in both of the countries studied."—Cath Collins, Perspectives on Politics

"An important contribution to the literature on accountability, human rights, and democratic reform in Latin America."—Enrique Peruzzotti, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella


Winner of the Canadian Political Science Association's Prize in Comparative Politics, 2016!

Despite the pervasiveness of electoral democracy in Latin America, the police continue to repress political protests. Why? Does the majority of the public support the repression of protests? If not, whom do they hold accountable, and how?

Michelle Bonner offers a new perspective on police reform and democratic accountability by analyzing how people talk about the policing of protests in Argentina and Chile. Tracing the history of policing protests in the two countries and exploring current discourses, practices, and media coverage, she finds that talk most definitely does matter.


Michelle D. Bonner is associate professor of political science at the University of Victoria Canada. She is the author of Sustaining Human Rights: Women and Argentine Human Rights Organizations.


  • Policing Protest.
  • Rethinking Accountability.
  • Police and Protest in Argentina: A History.
  • Discourses on Protest Policing in Argentina.
  • Media and Protest Policing in Argentina.
  • Case Study: The Pueyrredón Bridge Protest.
  • Police and Protest in Chile: A History.
  • Discourses on Protest Policing in Chile.
  • Media and Protest Policing in Chile.
  • Case Study: The 2006 Student Protest.
  • Comparing Argentina and Chile.
  • Appendixes: Repressive Protest Policing in Post-Authoritarian Latin America. Interviews.