Democratic Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean

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"The transformation of politics in Latin America, the consolidation of a democratic consensus in the Anglophone Caribbean, and the able performance of many democratic governments in fashioning economic policies made this book intellectually possible. Most of Latin America's democratic governments have carried economic reforms more effectively than their authoritarian predecessors and have remained stunningly resilient despite many problems. The naysayers have not been proven right. Indeed, even if democratic governments were to be overthrown

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"The transformation of politics in Latin America, the consolidation of a democratic consensus in the Anglophone Caribbean, and the able performance of many democratic governments in fashioning economic policies made this book intellectually possible. Most of Latin America's democratic governments have carried economic reforms more effectively than their authoritarian predecessors and have remained stunningly resilient despite many problems. The naysayers have not been proven right. Indeed, even if democratic governments were to be overthrown tomorrow, the history of democratic politics in the 1980s and 1990s is already noteworthy." -- from the Introduction

In Democratic Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean, Jorge Domínguez focuses on the successful accomplishments of democratic politics in the region -- a process that nations in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa seek to emulate. Domínguez considers the role of British colonial rule and United States policies. But he also examines the development of parties, other civil institutions, and competitive markets, which lend permanence to democracy. He also discusses the prospects for democracy in Cuba and Mexico. Despite recurrent problems, Domínguez concludes, the outlook is good for stable democracies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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New preface, introduction, and conclusion frame five articles written for other collections. Domiinquez considered himself a scholar of authoritarian regimes in the region, but had to change his focus when his raw material faced extinction. His topics include democratic transitions in Central America and Panama, ideas and leaders in freeing politics and markets, norms of Mexican citizenship, and Cuba in the 1990s. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801857522
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorge I. Domínguez is the Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government and acting director of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His many books include Democracy in the Caribbean, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Caribbean Question: Why Has Liberal Democracy (Surprisingly) Flourished? 13
2 Democratic Transitions in Central America and Panama 36
3 Constructing Democracies: Parties, Institutions, Market Reforms, the Military, and the International Environment 63
4 Technopols: Ideas and Leaders in Freeing Politics and Markets in Latin America in the 1990s 100
5 Norms of Mexican Citizenship: Are Mexicans "Democrats"? 142
6 Cuba in the 1990s: The Transition to Somewhere 173
Conclusion 203
Notes 215
Index 241
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