Between Tyranny and Anarchy: A History of Democracy in Latin America, 1800-2006

Between Tyranny and Anarchy: A History of Democracy in Latin America, 1800-2006

by Paul Drake
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804760020

ISBN-13: 9780804760027

Pub. Date: 03/16/2009

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Between Tyranny and Anarchy provides a unique comprehensive history and interpretation of efforts to establish democracies over two centuries in the major Latin American countries. Drake takes an unusual interdisciplinary approach, combining history and political science with an emphasis on political institutions. He argues that, without a thorough

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Between Tyranny and Anarchy provides a unique comprehensive history and interpretation of efforts to establish democracies over two centuries in the major Latin American countries. Drake takes an unusual interdisciplinary approach, combining history and political science with an emphasis on political institutions. He argues that, without a thorough examination of the historical roots and causes of Latin American democracy, most general theories can not adequately explain its failures, successes, and forms.

Latin America offers an extraordinary laboratory for the study of democratic experiments. Alongside a well-deserved reputation for authoritarianism, it boasts one of the world's deepest, richest histories of democratic movements, ideas, and institutions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the region's leading democracies did not lag very far behind the United States and Western Europe in making numerous advances. In comparison with those countries, though, Latin America's democratic history has been distinctive because of its fundamental dilemma: how to reconcile political systems theoretically committed to legal equality with societies divided by extreme socio-economic inequalities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804760027
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Social Science History Series
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
929,949
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Map of Latin America xiv

1 The Theory and History of Latin American Democracy, 1800-2006 1

2 The Historical Evolution of Latin American Democratic Institutions, 1800-2006 23

3 The Bolivarian Legacy: Struggles Toward Democracy During the Wars for Independence, 1800s-1820s 52

4 The Archaeology of Democracy After Independence, 1820s-1870s 88

5 Oligarchic Republicanism, 1880s-1920s 126

6 Populist Democracy, 1930s-1970s 163

7 The Tsunami of Neoliberal Democracies, 1970s-2000s 201

8 Two Centuries of Building Democracy in Latin America, 1800-2006 244

Notes 249

Index 317

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