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Elites and Democratic Consolidation in Latin America and Southern Europe - John Higley

Elites and Democratic Consolidation in Latin America and Southern Europe

By: John Higley (Editor), Richard Gunther (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521413749
Number Of Pages: 372

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A distinguished group of scholars examine recent transitions to democracy and the prospects for democratic stability in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay. They also assess the role of elites in the longer-established democratic regimes in Columbia, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela. The authors conclude that in independent states with long records of political instability and authoritarian rule, democratic consolidation requires the achievement of elite 'consensual unity' - that is, agreement among all politically important elites on the worth of existing democratic institutions and respect for democratic rules-of-the-game, coupled with increased 'structural integration' among those elites. Two processes by which consensual unity can be established are explored - elite settlement, the negotiating of compromises on basic disagreements, and elite convergence, a more subtle series of tactical decisions by rival elites which have cumulative effect, over perhaps a generation.

' ... An excellent volume, discussing important problems over a wide range of countries with intelligence and style.' Edward Malefakis, Columbia University

Introduction: Elite transformations and democratic regimes
Spain: the very model of the modern elite settlement
Elite settlements and democratic consolidation: Colombia
Mexico's elite settlement: conjuncture and consequences
Elite unification and democratic consolidation in Italy: an historical overview
The role of civil-military pacts in elite settlements and elite convergences: democratic consolidation in Uruguay
Patterns of elite negotiation and confrontation in Argentina
Elites in an unconsolidated democracy: Peru during the 1980s
Brazil's political transition
Redefining the Portuguese transition to democracy
The Dominican case
Elites and democratic consolidation in Latin America and Southern Europe: an overview
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ISBN: 9780521413749
ISBN-10: 0521413745
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 29th November 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.69