Latin American Democratic Transformations. Institutions, Actors, Processes. LAPZ - American Politics & Society

  • ID: 4290692
  • Book
  • Region: America (exc North)
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Latin American Democratic Transformations explores the manner in which Latin American societies seek to consolidate and deepen their democracies in adverse domestic and international circumstances. The contributors engage recent debates on liberal and illiberal democracy and probe the complex connections between democratic politics and neoliberal, market–oriented reforms.
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Preface and Acknowledgements.

Information about the Contributors.


Chapter 1. Institutions, Actors and Processes in the Transformation of Latin American Democracy (William C. Smith).

Part I. Debates on Democracy and Performance.

Chapter 2. Liberal and Illiberal Democracy in Latin America (Peter H. Smith and Melissa R. Ziegler).

Chapter 3. Neoliberalism and Democracy in Latin America: A Mixed Record (Kurt Weyland).

Chapter 4. The Uneven Performance of Third Wave Democracies: Electoral Politics and the Imperfect Rule of Law in Latin America (Joe Foweraker and Roman Krznaric).

Part II. Institutions and the Travails of Competitive Politics.

Chapter 5. The Reelection Debate in Latin America (John M. Carey).

Chapter 6. Decentralization s Nondemocratic Roots: Authoritarianism and Subnational Reform in Latin America (Kent Eaton).

Chapter 7. Institutional Change and Ethnic Parties in South America (Donna Lee Van Cott).

Chapter 8. Expanding Accountability through Participatory Institutions: Mayors, Citizens, and Budgeting in Three Brazilian Municipalities (Brian Wampler).

Chapter 9. For a Few Senators More? Negotiating Constitutional Changes during Chile s Transition to Democracy (Fredrik Uggla).

Chapter 10. Judicial Reform as Insurance Policy: Mexico in the 1990s (Jodi Finkel).

Part III. Actors, Participation and Mass Politics.

Chapter 11. Indigenous Parties and Democracy in Latin America (Raúl Madrid).

Chapter 12. Defining Rights in Democratization: The Argentine Government and Human Rights Organizations, 1983–2003 (Michelle D. Bonner).

Chapter 13. Mass Partisanship in Brazil (David Samuels).

Chapter 14. Brazil s Agrarian Reform: Democratic Innovation or Oligarchic Exclusion Redux? (Anthony W. Pereira).

Chapter 15. The Indian Movement and Political Democracy in Ecuador (León Zamosc).

Chapter 16. Local Democracy and the Transformation of Popular Participation in Chile (Paul Posner).

Part IV. Challenges of Unstructured Political Mobilization.

Chapter 17. Indictments, Myths, and Citizen Mobilization in Argentina: A Discourse Analysis (Ariel C. Armony and Víctor Armony).

Chapter 18. Democracy Without Parties? Political Parties and Regime Change in Fujimori s Peru (Stephen Levitsky and Maxwell Cameron).

Chapter 19. Social Correlates of Party System Demise and Populist Resurgence in Venezuela (Kenneth Roberts).

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William C. Smith received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and currently teaches at the University of Miami. He is the author of Authoritarianism and the Crisis of the Argentine Political Economy (Stanford University Press, 1991) and the editor of numerous volumes on democracy, market–oriented restructuring, and contentious politics in Latin America. His articles have been appeared in numerous journals, including: Studies in Comparative International Development, Revista Mexicana de Sociología, Dados, Desarrollo Econ?mico, Political Power and Social Theory, Contexto Internacional, Fuerzas Armadas y Sociedad, Nueva Sociedad, América Latina Hoy, and the Latin American Research Review. Smith is the editor of Latin American Politics and Society.

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