The Politics of Coalition Rule in Colombia

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From 1958 to 1986, Colombian politics were characterised by a series of coalition governments. This book analyses the historical antecedents, establishment and subsequent evolution of the political regime created in 1958. For most of this period, the country was governed by a National Front power-sharing system between the Conservatives and the Liberals, the country's two major parties. This system was initially established to prevent a return to the intense violence between the parties that had earlier led to a ...

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Overview

From 1958 to 1986, Colombian politics were characterised by a series of coalition governments. This book analyses the historical antecedents, establishment and subsequent evolution of the political regime created in 1958. For most of this period, the country was governed by a National Front power-sharing system between the Conservatives and the Liberals, the country's two major parties. This system was initially established to prevent a return to the intense violence between the parties that had earlier led to a political breakdown and military rule. In crucial respects, the Colombian governing arrangement was similar to a number of other cases of coalition governments (termed consociational democracies), to which it is compared in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521102193
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Political parties and consociational practices in Colombia: a selective history; 3. The establishment of the National Front; 4. The National Front political regime: an introduction; 5. Economic policy-making: thwarted reformism and moderation; 6. Political support: elections, brokerage and popular sector organisations; 7. Toward the dismantling of coalition rule: exclusion or reform?; 8. Consociationalism and political conflict in comparative perspective.

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