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Argentine Democracy
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During the 1990s Argentina was the only country in Latin America to combine radical economic reform and full democracy. In 2001, however, the country fell into a deep political and economic crisis and was widely seen as a basket case. This book explores both developments, examining the links between the (real and apparent) successes of the 1990s and the 2001 collapse. Specific topics include economic policymaking and reform, executive-legislative relations, the judiciary, federalism, political parties and the party system, and new patterns of social protest. Beyond its empirical analysis, the book contributes to several theoretical debates in comparative politics. Contemporary studies of political institutions focus almost exclusively on institutional design, neglecting issues of enforcement and stability. Yet a major problem in much of Latin America is that institutions of diverse types have often failed to take root. Besides examining the effects of institutional weakness, the book also uses the Argentine case to shed light on four other areas of current debate: tensions between radical economic reform and democracy; political parties and contemporary crises of representation; links between subnational and national politics; and the transformation of state-society relations in the post-corporatist era. Besides the editors, the contributors are Javier Auyero, Ernesto Calvo, Kent Eaton, Sebastián Etchemendy, Gretchen Helmke, Wonjae Hwang, Mark Jones, Enrique Peruzzotti, Pablo T. Spiller, Mariano Tommasi, and Juan Carlos Torre.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acronyms
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. Building Castles in the Sand? The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Argentina
  2. pp. 21-44
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  1. 2. The Institutional Foundations of Public Policy: A Transaction Cost Approach and Its Application to Argentina
  2. pp. 45-61
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  1. 3. Old Actors in New Markets: Transforming the Populist/Industrial Coalition in Argentina, 1989–2001
  2. pp. 62-87
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  1. 4. Menem and the Governors: Intergovernmental Relations in the 1990s
  2. pp. 88-114
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  1. 5. Provincial Party Bosses: Keystone of the Argentine Congress
  2. pp. 115-138
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  1. 6. Enduring Uncertainty: Court-Executive Relations in Argentina During the 1990s and Beyond
  2. pp. 139-164
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  1. 7. Citizens Versus Political Class: The Crisis of Partisan Representation
  2. pp. 165-180
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  1. 8. Crisis and Renovation: Institutional Weakness and the Transformation of Argentine Peronism, 1983–2003
  2. pp. 181-206
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  1. 9. The New Iron Law of Argentine Politics? Partisanship, Clientelism, and Governability in Contemporary Argentina
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. 10. Demanding Accountable Government: Citizens, Politicians, and the Perils of Representative Democracy in Argentina
  2. pp. 229-250
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  1. 11. Protest and Politics in Contemporary Argentina
  2. pp. 250-268
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  1. Conclusion: Theorizing About Weak Institutions: Lessons from the Argentine Case
  2. pp. 269-290
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  1. References
  2. pp. 291-314
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 315-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-325
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  1. Back Cover
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