Global Capitalism, Democracy, and Civil-Military Relations in Colombia

Global Capitalism, Democracy, and Civil-Military Relations in Colombia

by William Aviles
     
 

Explores the connections between globalization and democratization in Columbia. Through the lens of global capitalism theory, William Avilés examines democratization and civil- military relations in Colombia to explain how social and international forces led to the ostensibly … See more details below

Overview

Explores the connections between globalization and democratization in Columbia. Through the lens of global capitalism theory, William Avilés examines democratization and civil- military relations in Colombia to explain how social and international forces led to the ostensibly contradictory outcome of democratic and economic reform coinciding with political repression. Focusing on the administrations in power from 1990 to the present, Avilés argues that the reduction in the institutional powers of the military within the state reflected changes in the structure of the global economy, the emergence of globalizing technocrats and politicians, and shifts in U.S. foreign policy strategies toward democracy promotion. These same factors explain Colombia’s establishment of a low-intensity democracy a structure of elite rule in which the strategies of coercion (state and para-state repression) and consensus (competitive elections, civilian control over the military) maintain control and legitimacy. In the age of capitalist globalization, a low-intensity democracy is most.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791466995
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/01/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Global Politics Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

William Avilés is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Globalization, State Theory, and Civil-Military Relations     7
Counterinsurgency, Civil-Military Relations, and Low-Intensity Democracy: A Historical Context     25
Civil-Military Relations and the Reform of Low-Intensity Democracy     51
The Preservation of Civilian Authority in the Samper Administration     71
Military Impunity and Symbolic Reform     89
Parastate Repression and Civilian Tolerance     105
The Continuation of Low-Intensity Democracy: The Pastrana and Uribe Administrations     123
Conclusion     141
Notes     149
References     165
Index     187

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