The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil: Elites, Institutions, and Democratization

The Political Right in Postauthoritarian Brazil: Elites, Institutions, and Democratization

by Timothy J. Power
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0271020105

ISBN-13: 9780271020105

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Penn State University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271020105
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Continuities in Political Democratization: Politicians and Institutions in Postauthoritarian Regimes1
2Definitions and Concepts: Consolidation, Institutions, and the Right21
3ARENA and Its Ancestors: The Brazilian Political Right, 1946-198541
4ARENA in the Afterlife: A Portrait of the Political Right in the New Republic73
5The Right in the Party System: Politicians Against Institutions101
6The Right in Congress: Implications for Legislative Institutionalization147
7Class Reunions: Collective Action within the ARENA/PDS Cohort, 1987-1999183
8The Impact of Conservative Democratization: Legacies and Lessons in the Brazilian Case203
Appendix AClassification of the ARENA/PDS Cohort241
Appendix BThe 1990, 1993, and 1997 Surveys of Congress245
Bibliography265
Index279

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