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Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Volume 2 : Latin America - Guillermo O'Donnell

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Volume 2

Latin America

Paperback Published: 1st September 1986
ISBN: 9780801831881
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 22+ years old

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An array of internationally noted scholars examines the process of democratization in southern Europe and Latin America. They provide new interpretations of both current and historical efforts of nations to end periods of authoritarian rule and to initiate transition to democracy, efforts that have met with widely varying degrees of success and failure. Extensive case studies of individual countries, a comparative overview, and a synthesis conclusions offer important insights for political scientists, students, and all concerned with the prospects for democracy.Southern EuropeThe historical example of Italy after Mussolini as well as the more recent cases of Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey suggest factors that may make a transition relatively secure.Latin AmericaDemocratization is perhaps the central issue in Latin American politics today. Case studies focus on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.Comparative PerspectivesDespite the unique contexts of transitions in individual countries, significant points of comparison emerge - such as the influence of foreign nations and the role of agents outside the government. These analyses explore both intra- and interregional similarities and differences. Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies Political democracy is not the only possible outcome of transitions from authoritarianism. Guillermo O'Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter draw out the implications of democracy as a goal and of the uncertainty inherent in transitional situations.

The essays appearing in the collection Transitions from Authoritarian rule... will serve as reference points for students of redemocratization for years to come. Other essays will serve as classic case studies... the volumes deserve to be read time and again. -- Nancy Bermeo * Comparative Politics *

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introduction to the Latin American Casesp. 3
Political Cycles in Argentina since 1955p. 19
Bolivia's Failed Democratization, 1977-1980p. 49
The "Liberalization" of Authoritarian Rule in Brazilp. 72
The Political Evolution of the Chilean Military Regime and Problems in the Transition to Democracyp. 95
Political Liberalization in an Authoritarian Regime: The Case of Mexicop. 123
Military Interventions and "Transfer of Power to Civilians" in Perup. 148
Uruguay's Transition from Collegial Military-Technocratic Rulep. 173
Petroleum and Political Pacts: The Transition to Democracy in Venezuelap. 196
Notesp. 221
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780801831881
ISBN-10: 0801831881
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 1986
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4