Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse

Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse

by Scott Mainwaring (Editor)

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Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse by Scott Mainwaring

Based on contributions from leading scholars, this study generates a wealth of new empirical information about Latin American party systems. It also contributes richly to major theoretical and comparative debates about the effects of party systems on democratic politics, and about why some party systems are much more stable and predictable than others. Party Systems in Latin America builds on, challenges, and updates Mainwaring and Timothy Scully's seminal Building Democratic Institutions: Party Systems in Latin America (1995), which re-oriented the study of democratic party systems in the developing world. It is essential reading for scholars and students of comparative party systems, democracy, and Latin American politics. It shows that a stable and predictable party system facilitates important democratic processes and outcomes, but that building and maintaining such a party system has been the exception rather than the norm in contemporary Latin America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781316627525
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 530
Sales rank: 658,618
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor for Brazil Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests include democratic institutions and democratization; authoritarian and democratic regimes; and political parties and party systems. His book with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge, 2013) won prizes for the best book awarded by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: Introduction Scott Mainwaring; 1. Party system institutionalization, decay, and collapse Scott Mainwaring, Fernando Bizzarro Neto and Ana Petrova; 2. Party system institutionalization in contemporary Latin America Scott Mainwaring; 3. Party system institutionalization, predictability, and democracy Scott Mainwaring; 4. Party system institutionalization in Latin America: cross-national correlates Scott Mainwaring and Fernando Bizzarro Neto; Part II. Country Cases: 5. Resilience and change: the party system in redemocratized Chile J. Samuel Valenzuela, Nicolás Somma and Timothy Scully; 6. The uneven institutionalization of a party system: Brazil Scott Mainwaring, Timothy Power and Fernando Bizzarro Neto; 7. Authoritarian legacies and party system stability in Mexico Kenneth Greene and Mariano Sánchez Talanquer; 8. Deinstitutionalization without collapse: Colombia's party system Juan Albarracín, Laura Gamboa and Scott Mainwaring; 9. Argentina's declining party system: fragmentation, denationalization, factionalization, personalization and increasing fluidity in the new century Carlos Gervasoni; 10. Deterioration and polarization of party politics in Venezuela Jana Morgan; 11. Peru: the institutionalization of politics without parties Steven Levitsky; Part III. Comparative Analyses: 12. Party brands, partisan erosion, and party breakdown Noam Lupu; 13. Roots in society: attachment between citizens and party systems in Latin America Jason Seawright; 14. The macroeconomic consequences of party system institutionalization Gustavo Flores-Macías; 15. From the outside looking in: Latin American parties in comparative perspective Allen Hicken and Rachel Beatty Riedl.

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