The Peruvian Labyrinth: Polity, Society, Economy / Edition 1

The Peruvian Labyrinth: Polity, Society, Economy / Edition 1

by Maxwell A. Cameron
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271016612

ISBN-13: 9780271016610

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Penn State University Press

A country perceived as having unusually complex political, economic, and social problems, Peru has long fascinated social scientists. The Peruvian Labyrinth brings together a new generation of scholars to explore the multifaceted Peruvian "experiment" as it has evolved further, in often dramatic ways, in the 1980s and 1990s.

The volume focuses

Overview

A country perceived as having unusually complex political, economic, and social problems, Peru has long fascinated social scientists. The Peruvian Labyrinth brings together a new generation of scholars to explore the multifaceted Peruvian "experiment" as it has evolved further, in often dramatic ways, in the 1980s and 1990s.

The volume focuses special attention on the administration of Albert Fujimori, who suspended the constitution in 1992, two years after he first became president, but then was reelected in 1995. The experience of Peru under his regime raises important questions about the nature of democracy in Latin America, the challenges of economic and political reform, and the prospects for combining stable democratic governance and sustained development.

Topics covered in the volume include the legacies of democratic transitions, human rights and political violence, the decline of the Shining Path, the Fujimori "autogolpe," the changing roles of business and organized labor, the political impact of the informal sector, changes in the agrarian sector, and the shift in economic strategies from developmentalism and toward neoliberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271016610
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction1
Part IThe Legacy of Past Choices: Regimes, Coalitions, Policies
1.The Transition to "Democracy" and the Failures of Institution Building13
2.Political and Economic Origins of Regime Change in Peru: The Eighteenth Brumaire of Alberto Fujimori37
3.State Policy and Social Conflict in Peru70
Part IISocial Actors and Political Change: Peasants, Workers, Business
4.The Rural Landscape and Changing Political Awareness: Enterprises, Agrarian Producers, and Peasant Communities, 1969-1994107
5.Politics and Trade Unions in Peru134
6.The Growth and Limitations of the Peruvian Right152
Part IIIIViolence and Human Rights
7.After the Fall of Abimael Guzman: The Limits of Sendero Luminoso179
8.Human Rights and United States Policy Toward Peru192
Conclusion: Threads in the Peruvian Labyrinth223
Bibliography244
Contributors261
Index263

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