Democracy in Latin America
Between Hope and Despair
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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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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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 ...
Chapter 1: The Search for Alternatives To Oligarchic Rule
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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 ...
Chapter 2: Toward A New Model Of Development
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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 ...
Chapter 3: Democratic Breakdown, Transition, and Consolidation
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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 ...
Chapter 4: Toward A New Strategy Of Development
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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 ...
Chapter 5: Democracy, Governability, and Neopopulism
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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 ...
Chapter 6: Presidentialism and Parliamentarism
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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 ...
Chapter 7: The New Social Question
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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 ...
Chapter 8: Democracy Of Institutions
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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 ...
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Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2013