Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

Drawing on a detailed study of Argentine Peronism, as well as a broader comparative analysis, this book develops an organizational approach to party change. Levitsky's book breaks new ground in its focus on informal and weakly institutionalized party structures. It argues that loosely structured party organizations, such as those found in many populist labor-based parties, are often better equipped to adapt to rapid environmental change than are more bureaucratic labor-based parties. The argument is illustrated in the case of the Peronist party, a mass labor-based party with a highly fluid internal structure. The book shows how this weakly routinized structure allowed party reformers to undertake a set of far-reaching coalitional and programmatic changes that enabled Peronism to survive, and even thrive, in the neoliberal era.
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"The result of [Levitsky's] work is a book that not only adds to our understanding of one of Latin America's most notorious parties, but provides useful theoretical insights for the study of parties and politics across all regions. His work sets high standards of research, conceptualizing, and theorizing, and it gives impetus and direction to the study of political parties in Latin America." Latin American Politics and Society

"Highly recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016971
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Figure and Tables
Acknowledgments
1 Labor-Based Party Adaptation in the Neoliberal Era: Rethinking the Role of Party Organization 1
2 Origins and Evolution of a Mass Populist Party 35
3 An "Organized Disorganization": The Peronist Party Structure in the 1990s 58
4 Populism in Crisis: Environmental Change and Party Failure, 1983-1985 91
5 From Labor Politics to Machine Politics: The Transformation of the Peronist Party - Union Linkage 107
6 Menemism and Neoliberalism: Programmatic Adaptation in the 1990s 144
7 A View from Below: Party Activists and the Transformation of Base-Level Peronism 186
8 The Paradox of Menemism: Party Adaptation and Regime Stability in the 1990s 217
9 Crisis, Party Adaptation, and Democracy: Argentina in Comparative Perspective 231
References 251
Index 271
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