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Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America By Kevin J. Middlebrook (Institute of Latin American Studies)

Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America by Kevin J. Middlebrook (Institute of Latin American Studies)

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Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America by Kevin J. Middlebrook (Institute of Latin American Studies)

Under what conditions do political institutions develop that are capable of promoting economic and social elites' accommodation to democracy? The importance of this question for research on regime change and democracy in Latin America lies in two established political facts: alliances between upper-class groups and the armed forces have historically been a major cause of military intervention in the region, and countries with electorally viable national conservative parties have experienced significantly longer periods of democratic governance since the 1920s and 1930s than have countries with weak conservative parties. The contributors to this book examine the relationship between the Right and democracy in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, and Venezuela during the 1980s and 1990s. The authors focus particularly on the challenges that democratization may pose to upper-class groups; the political role of conservative parties and their electoral performance during these two crucial decades; and the relationships among conservative party strength or weakness, different modes of elite interest representation, and economic and social elites' support for political democracy. The volume includes a statistical appendix with data on conservative parties' electoral performance in national elections during the 1980s and 1990s in these seven countries. Contributors: Atilio A. Boron, Universidad de Buenos Aires * Catherine M. Conaghan, Queen's University * Michael Coppedge, University of Notre Dame * John C. Dugas, Kalamazoo College * Manuel Antonio Garreton, Universidad de Chile * Scott Mainwaring, University of Notre Dame * Rachel Meneguello, Universidade de Campinas * Kevin J. Middlebrook, University of California, San Diego * Timothy J. Power, Florida International University * Elisabeth J. Wood, New York University.

Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America Reviews

The essays are uniformly of high quality, interesting, and well integrated with one another. -- Michael A. Morris Perspectives on Political Science A solid collection of essays from top scholars. -- Jennifer S. Holmes Journal of Politics Middlebrook's volume is the most important cross-national volume to date for understanding conservative parties in the Americas. -- Peter M. Siavelis Latin American Research Review 2004

About Kevin J. Middlebrook (Institute of Latin American Studies)

Kevin J. Middlebrook is Director of Research at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California-San Diego. He is the author of The Paradox of Revolution: Labor, the State, and Authoritarianism in Mexico, also available from Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Principal Acronyms
Chapter 1. Introduction: Conservative Parties, Elite Representation, and Democracy in Latin America
Part I: Established Conservative Parties and the Challenge of Democracy
Chapter 2. Atavism and Democratic Ambiguity in the chilean Right
Chapter 3. The Conservative party and the Crisis of Political Legitimacy in Colombia
Chapter 4. Venezuelan Parties and the Representation of Elite Interests
Part II: Democratization, the Right, and New Conservative Parties
Chapter 5. Ruling Without a Party: Argentine Dominant Classes in the Twentieth Century
Chapter 6. Conservative Parties, Democracy, and Economic Reform in Contemporary Brazil
Chapter 7. Civil War and the Transformation of Elite Representation in El Salvador
Chapter 8. The Irrelevant Right: Alberto Fujimori and the New Politics of Pragmatic Peru
Chapter 9. Conclusion: Conservative Politics, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America
Statistical Appendix: National Election Results, 1980s and 1990s, for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, and Venezuela
Notes
List of Contributors
Index

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GOR004849247
9780801863868
0801863864
Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America by Kevin J. Middlebrook (Institute of Latin American Studies)
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Johns Hopkins University Press
2000-09-29
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