Source: (2006) In, Elster, Jon, editor, Retribution and Repatriation in the Transition to Democracy Cambridge University Press, New York, pp. 206-238

The object of this chapter is to analyze and explain the particular dynamics assumed by the political process related to the treatment of military human rights violations during the transitions to democracy in Argentina and Chile. This work explains why the actors did what they did as a function of their objectives and the political and institutional constraints they encountered. It analyzes how and why the articulation of the different strategies shaped the political process and, finally, the significance of these processes for the type of democratic regime that emerged in each of these two Latin American countries. (excerpt)