Post-Stabilization Politics in Latin America: Competition, Transition, Collapse / Edition 1

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Overview

Over the last twenty years Latin America has seen a definitive movement toward civilian rule. Significant trade, fiscal, and monetary reforms have accompanied this shift, exposing previously state-led economies to the forces of the market. Despite persistent economic and political hardships, the combination of civilian regimes and market-based strategies has proved to be remarkably resilient and still dominates the region.

This book focuses on the effects of market reforms on domestic politics in Latin America. While considering civilian rule as a constant, the book examines and compares domestic political responses in six countries that embraced similar packages of reforms in the 1980s —Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. The contributors focus on how ambitious measures such as liberalization, privatization, and deregulation yielded mixed results in these countries and in doing so they identify three main patterns of political economic adjustment. In Argentina and Chile, the implementation of market reforms has gone hand in hand with increasingly competitive politics. In Brazil and Mexico, market reforms helped to catalyze transitions from entrenched authoritarian rule. Finally, in Peru and Venezuela, traditional political systems have collapsed and civilian rule has been repeatedly challenged.

The contributors include Carol Wise (University of Southern California), Karen L. Remmer (Duke University), Carol Graham (Brookings Institution), Stefano Pettinato (United Nations Development Programme), Consuelo Cruz (Tufts University), Juan E. Corradi (New York University), Delia M. Boylan (Chicago Public Radio), Riordan Roett (Johns Hopkins University), Martín Tanaka (Institute for Peruvian Studies, Lima), and Kenneth M. Roberts (University of New Mexico).

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"Expertly compiled and deftly co-edited...
Scholarly essays by a diverse authority of learned authors informingly and challengingly explore the complex interworkings of economy and government in an astute and insightful manner. POST-STABILIZATION POLICITS IN LATIN AMERICA is a core addition to professional and academic library Latin American Studies reference collections." — The Bookwatch, 2/1/2004

"Wise and Roett bring together a group of leading scholars to take a hard look at [the] intersection of economic policymaking and politics. In this excellent volume, which examines cases of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, they argue that the ultimate viability of market reform lies in the construction of a more credible structure of democratic governance." —Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs, 11/1/2003

"POST-STABILIZATION POLITICS IN LATIN AMERICA embraces a comprehensive group of articles that address the complex historical, political, and economic issues of transformations experienced by Latin American countries over the last few decades. The ten authors are well-known political science scholars with publications on Latin America that highlight aspects of political science, economics, sociology, and international relations that are relevant to the understanding of these issues by both professionals and students." —Miguel A. Rodriguez, George Washington University, Perspectives on Political Science, 1/1/2004

"[The book's] strength lies... in the fact that the chapters are rich and thoughtful, and generally reflect the complexities that attach to market reform and democratisation." —Jean Grugel, University of Sheffield, Journal of Latin American Studies, 11/1/2004

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815793830
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Wise is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California. Her most recent books include Reinventing the State: Economic Strategy and Institutional Change in Peru (Michigan, 2003). Riordan Roett is Sarita and Don Johnston Professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he directs the Western Hemisphere Studies and Latin American Studies Programs. He is the author or editor of twenty-two books, including China's Expansion into the Western Hemisphere (Brookings, 2008). His textbook Brazil: Politics in a Patrimonial Society is now in its fifth edition.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
1 Introduction: Latin American Politics in the Era of Market Reform 1
2 Elections and Economics in Contemporary Latin America 31
3 Hardship and Happiness: Social Mobility and Public Perceptions during Market Reforms 56
4 The New Latin American Citizen: First World Models, Third Wave Products 88
5 Prelude to Disaster: Weak Reform, Competitive Politics in Argentina 105
6 Taking the Concertacion to Task: Second Stage Reforms and the 1999 Presidential Elections in Chile 134
7 Mexico's Democratic Transition: The Search for New Reform Coalitions 159
8 Brazil's Protracted Transition to Democracy and the Market 199
9 The Political Constraints on Market Reform in Peru 221
10 Party System Collapse amid Market Restructuring in Venezuela 249
References 273
Contributors 289
Index 291
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