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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)

Paperback Published: 4th May 1992
ISBN: 9780521424226
Number Of Pages: 372

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Employing a framework that focuses on the actions and choices of elites in creating consolidated democracies, a distinguished group of scholars examines Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Without ignoring the roles of mass publics and institutions, 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.

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' ... 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: 9780521424226
ISBN-10: 0521424224
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 4th May 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.29  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.51