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A public strategy for compliance monitoring


  • Gauri, Varun
  • Staton, Jeffrey K.
  • Cullell, Jorge Vargas


Theoretical accounts of compliance with court orders emphasize the importance of transparency. Most empirical studies of compliance center on high profile political cases, largely ignoring the high-volume, quotidian claims against the state for basic services that constitute the largest share of court dockets in many jurisdictions. This paper uses a unique dataset on compliance with orders from the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica to examine the determinants of compliance in low salience cases. It finds that orders issued just after the Court announced, in a press conference, that it was monitoring compliance were implemented roughly two months sooner than orders issued just prior to the press conference. These findings suggest that publicity can motivate compliance even in low salience cases.

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  • Gauri, Varun & Staton, Jeffrey K. & Cullell, Jorge Vargas, 2013. "A public strategy for compliance monitoring," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6523, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6523

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    1. Ho, Daniel E. & Imai, Kosuke & King, Gary & Stuart, Elizabeth A., 2007. "Matching as Nonparametric Preprocessing for Reducing Model Dependence in Parametric Causal Inference," Political Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(03), pages 199-236, June.
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    Environmental Governance; Administrative&Regulatory Law; Brown Issues and Health; Children and Youth; Social Protections&Assistance;

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