Constructing Democratic Governance

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In Constructing Democratic Governance, Jorge I. Domínguez and Abraham F. Lowenthal bring together a distinguished group of scholars to assess how well democracy has been working in this volatile part of the world. The authors find that serious problems still plague these new democracies. Many of these problems are related to the political institutions, including political parties, the civil service, and the justice system. Part I introduces broad thematic surveys of such key issues as the role of the left, ...

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Overview

In Constructing Democratic Governance, Jorge I. Domínguez and Abraham F. Lowenthal bring together a distinguished group of scholars to assess how well democracy has been working in this volatile part of the world. The authors find that serious problems still plague these new democracies. Many of these problems are related to the political institutions, including political parties, the civil service, and the justice system. Part I introduces broad thematic surveys of such key issues as the role of the left, conservatism, inequality, and indigenous peoples. Part II reviews the South American nations. Part III focuses on Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, including Cuba. In Part IV, the volume editors draw conclusions about the problems and prospects for stable democracies in Latin America.

In addition to the complete hardcover edition, Constructing Democratic Governance is available in three paperback volumes, each containing the introduction and conclusion from the complete edition and organized for convenient course use.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Foreign Affairs
This comprehensive three-volume set takes a close look at the status of democratic regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean... this is a remarkable collaborative achievement and provides a quick, authoritative, and handy reference that will be invaluable to students.
Foreign Affairs

This comprehensive three-volume set takes a close look at the status of democratic regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean... this is a remarkable collaborative achievement and provides a quick, authoritative, and handy reference that will be invaluable to students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801853869
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorge I. Domínguez is professor of government at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. He is co-editor of Democracy in the Caribbean: Political, Economic, and Social Perspectives, also available from Johns Hopkins. Abraham F. Lowenthal is professor of international relations at the University of Southern California and former executive director of the Inter-American Dialogue. His previous books include Exporting Democracy: The United States and Latin America and Partners in Conflict: The United States and Latin America in the 1990s, both available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Contributors xi
Acronyms and Abbreviations xiii
I
Introduction: Constructing Democratic Governance 3
II
1. Incorporating the Left into Democratic Politics 3
2. Conservative Party Politics in Latin America: Patterns of Electoral Mobilization in the 1980s and 1990s 26
3. Democracy and Inequality in Latin America: A Tension of the Times 42
4. Traditional Power Structures and Democratic Governance in Latin America 64
5. Indigenous Protest and Democracy in Latin America 87
Notes to Part II 107
Index to Part II 123
III
Conclusion: Parties, Institutions, and Market Reforms in Constructing Democracies 3
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