Buenos Aires is Argentina's wealthiest, largest, and most populous province, and has long been the key prize in all major electoral struggles, has received little scholarly attention. This first account of its political history between 1912 and 1943 underscores its role as a vital factor in national political life. Particular attention is given to the part the province has played in national presidential elections, the relationship between provincial administrations and the national government, and the struggle between the two principal political parties, the Partido Conservador and the Union Civica Radical, which vied for control of the province during the early part of this century. Based on a wide range of sources, including newspapers, government documents, archival sources, and personal interviews, the book describes the fascinating political interplay of competing forces in the most important electoral arena of one of Latin America's most important countries.
Table of Contents
List of tables; List of figures; List of illustrations; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Marcelino Ugarte and the pursuit of the presidency; 3. The Radical house divided: Yrigoyen versus Crotto; 4. Alvear and non-intervention; 5. The province of Buenos Aires and the fall of Yrigoyen; 6. The provincial elections of April 1931; 7. The presidential election of November 1931; 8. The Conservative house divided: the overthrow of Governor Martínez de Hoz; 9. The provincial elections of November 1935; 10. Fresco and fraud; 11. Ortiz and intervention; 12. Rodolfo Moreno and the pursuit of the presidency; 13. Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.