Protecting Children and Adolescents in Uruguay: Civil Society’s Role in Policy Reform

Social Sciences. 2014;3(4):705-725 DOI 10.3390/socsci3040705


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Journal Title: Social Sciences

ISSN: 2076-0760 (Print)

Publisher: MDPI AG

LCC Subject Category: Social Sciences

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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Amy Risley (Department of International Studies, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112-1690, USA)


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This article analyzes the advocacy efforts of civil societal actors in Uruguay who have sought to promote the rights of children. I discuss the strategies that members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) used to achieve a greater presence in debates leading to significant policy changes in the area of child protection. Child advocates achieved relatively high levels of political mobilization and influence throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. The analysis focuses on their multi-year campaign to reform the Children’s Code of 1934, which culminated in the adoption of a new Code of Childhood and Adolescence in 2004. I argue that two variables help explain their participation in policy making: effective issue framing and successful alliance building.