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What explains civil society participation in coverage making in Latin American democracies? Risley relatively analyzes actors who've recommended for kid's rights, the surroundings, and freedom of knowledge in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. profitable factor framing and potent alliance construction are pointed out as 'pathways' to participation.

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20 They 32 ● Civil Society Organizations in Latin American Democracies did not follow through. Partly in response to the groups’ efforts, however, legislators called for a special session. In the early months of 2003, the groups tried to persuade lawmakers to vote for the bill. 21 Norberto Borzese, president of the Social Forum for Transparency, explained, “not a day went by without the deputies arriving at their offices to find ten calls from citizens asking that they lend their support” (Infocívica 2003b).

In contrast, the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) is a veteran human rights organization created during the dictatorship. Following the democratic transition, CELS became a leader in collecting and analyzing data on police brutality and related weaknesses in the rule of law. Participants have documented hundreds of cases of police officers torturing or mistreating individuals in their custody, shooting and killing citizens in violent encounters, and using other forms of excessive force.

From the perspective of many Chileans, for instance, politics was largely a “self-referential activity” for politicians that had little to do with the pursuit of the common good or “the people’s demands and aspirations” (PNUD 2000, 245; see also Posner 2008; Siavelis 1999). Attitudes of indifference were captured in the phrase, “I’m not at all into politics” (“no estoy ni ahí con la política”), a particularly ubiquitous sentiment among the country’s youth (Barton 2002; Fitzsimmons 2000; Segovia 1999).

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