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Author Isbester, Katherine.

Title The paradox of democracy in Latin America : ten country studies of division and resilience / written and edited by Katherine Isbester ; with contributions from Viviana Patroni ... [and others].

Published North York, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, [2011]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  321.8098 ISBE    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 396 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Democracy: A Complex Balance / Katherine Isbester -- Democracy in Latin America: A Political History / Katherine Isbester -- Issues and Institutions in Latin American Governance / Katherine Isbester -- Mexico: From Perfect Dictatorship to Imperfect Democracy / Judith Teichman -- Guatemala: Ethnicity and the Shadow State / Katherine Isbester -- Nicaragua: Revolution and Betrayal Katherine Isbester -- Costa Rica: An Ethos and a Strong State / Katherine Isbester -- Colombia: Violence, Drugs, and Democracy / Roberta Rice -- Venezuela: Pacts, Populism, and Poverty / Roberta Rice -- Brazil: Constraints and Innovations / Lauren Phillips -- Bolivia: Ethnicity and Power / Roberta Rice -- Chile: Democracy in a Divided Polity / Judith Teichman -- Argentina: Clientelism, Corporatism, and Democracy / Viviana Patroni.
Summary What becomes clear throughout is that there is a paradox at the heart of Latin America's democracies. Despite decades of struggle to replace authoritarian dictatorships with electoral democracies, solid economic growth (leading up to the global credit crisis), and increased efforts by the state to extend the benefits of peace and prosperity to the poor, democracy - as a political system - is experiencing declining support, and support for authoritarianism is on the rise.
Other author Patroni, Viviana, 1957-
Subject Democracy -- Latin America.
Democracy -- Latin America -- Case studies.
Latin America -- Politics and government.
Latin America -- Politics and government -- Case studies.
ISBN 9781442601963 (bound)
1442601965 (bound)
9781442601802 (paperback)
1442601809 (paperback)