Cover

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pp. 1-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Prologue

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pp. ix-xvi

This book is a dialogue between academia and politics. My life has traveled paths between both. After a decade dedicated to law, first as a student and later as a human rights lawyer during the ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

It is a paradox of our region and time period that, while Latin America experiences the most widespread presence of democracy in its history, there remains a general perception that these democracies are ...

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Chapter 1: The Search for Alternatives To Oligarchic Rule

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pp. 11-47

At different times and in various forms, liberalism, positivism, revolution, corporatism, clientelism, patrimonialism, socialism, and populism have been some of the ideologies and institutional arrangements attempted in ...

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Chapter 2: Toward A New Model Of Development

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pp. 49-69

Economics is not my specialty. Nonetheless, it is impossible to understand political development and democracy in Latin America without also examining economic development. In fact, some of the most ...

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Chapter 3: Democratic Breakdown, Transition, and Consolidation

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pp. 71-106

My experience of democratic breakdown in Latin America has nothing to do with theory. I was seventeen years old and a senior in high school when a military coup overthrew the government of President Salvador ...

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Chapter 4: Toward A New Strategy Of Development

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pp. 107-126

In our recent history, one could say that there are at least three basic approaches to economic development in Latin America: neoliberalism, neo - populism, and what we have referred to in the case of the Concertación ...

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Chapter 5: Democracy, Governability, and Neopopulism

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pp. 127-160

I began to write this chapter—not thinking that it would become part of a book—while listening to a speech that Hugo Chávez gave in Lima, Peru, in 2005. The speech was given at one of the many summits for ...

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Chapter 6: Presidentialism and Parliamentarism

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pp. 161-190

I have been a member of the Chamber of Deputies and a senator, worked in the executive and the legislative branches of government, been part of the governing administration and, most recently, been part of the ...

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Chapter 7: The New Social Question

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pp. 191-214

As a senator, I represent a district of twenty-six municipalities and five provinces that stretches from Valparaíso to Aconcagua, with a predominantly poor, rural zone and another predominantly urban one. In both ...

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Chapter 8: Democracy Of Institutions

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pp. 215-237

As O’Donnell explains (and as we saw in chapter 5), Latin America faces poverty both in the material sense, as a lack of goods, and in a legal sense, as a lack of rights. The implication of this fundamental idea is that the ...

Works Cited

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pp. 239-248

Index

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pp. 249-262