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Toledo'S Peru : Vision and Reality - Ronald Bruce St. John

Toledo'S Peru

Vision and Reality

Hardcover Published: 31st October 2010
ISBN: 9780813035215
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Anyone interested in the problems of building successful democracy and achieving meaningful development will find this balanced analysis of Toledo's strengths and weaknesses useful."--Charles D. Kenney, University of Oklahoma


"Combines in-depth interviews with contemporary accounts to provide the first full-length study of a Peruvian government that, in spite of its many limitations, often self-induced, deepened the market economy while restoring democratic practices."--David Scott Palmer, Boston University


Alejandro Toledo was elected president of Peru in 2001, ending the corrupt rule of Alberto Fujimori. Limited to a single term, Toledo capitalized on his indigenous roots and his identification with the lower and middle classes. Enjoying widespread support when he took office, by mid-term Toledo suffered approval ratings even lower than Fujimori's. By the time the 2006 elections took place, Toledo's popularity was among the highest of any outgoing president in the history of Peru.

Ronald Bruce St John explores the policies of the Toledo administration to discover why his presidency was such a roller coaster ride. He examines the various tent poles of Toledo's political platform, concluding with a "report card" that tallies the successes and failures of Toledo's presidency. St John was granted unprecedented access to Toledo and his closest advisors, and he has used those interviews along with a wealth of other primary documents to reveal fascinating insights into the rule of a man eager for Peru to transition from an authoritarian government to a true democracy.

Prefacep. ix
Chronologyp. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Meet Alejandro Toledop. 12
Market Economics with a Human Facep. 33
The Politics of Rebuildingp. 64
The Fight for Equalityp. 109
Storm Clouds over the Andesp. 137
Connecting with the Outside Worldp. 162
Peru 2006, a Report Cardp. 186
Epiloguep. 201
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780813035215
ISBN-10: 081303521X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st October 2010
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54