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Brazil was an early case of a “conservative transition” from authoritarian rule, wherein civilian elites associated with the outgoing military regime assumed a commanding role in the early years of democracy. When this phenomenon was first theorized in the mid-1980s, there were few other comparable cases, with Turkey and South Korea perhaps the best known. In the past decade the proliferation of new democracies in Eastern Europe has drawn attention to the impressive survival skills of ex-authoritarian elites.
In this book Power examines this cohort of civilian politicians, showing how they adapted to competitive politics after the 1985 regime transition and how their socialization to politics in the 1960s and 1970s shaped their initially negative attitudes toward institution building in the 1980s and 1990s—with deleterious consequences for Brazil’s fledgling democracy. Power’s study sheds new light on the paradoxes, tradeoffs, and drawbacks of conservative transitions to democracy.
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|1||Continuities in Political Democratization: Politicians and Institutions in Postauthoritarian Regimes||1|
|2||Definitions and Concepts: Consolidation, Institutions, and the Right||21|
|3||ARENA and Its Ancestors: The Brazilian Political Right, 1946-1985||41|
|4||ARENA in the Afterlife: A Portrait of the Political Right in the New Republic||73|
|5||The Right in the Party System: Politicians Against Institutions||101|
|6||The Right in Congress: Implications for Legislative Institutionalization||147|
|7||Class Reunions: Collective Action within the ARENA/PDS Cohort, 1987-1999||183|
|8||The Impact of Conservative Democratization: Legacies and Lessons in the Brazilian Case||203|
|App. A||Classification of the ARENA/PDS Cohort||241|
|App. B||The 1990, 1993, and 1997 Surveys of Congress||245|