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The times of democratic involutions

Gutiérrez Sanín, Francisco (2005) The times of democratic involutions. Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1 (25). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper examines the political processes whereby earlier optimism for democratic transition in the five Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela) has given way more recently to a general weakening of democratic structures. While none has fallen into open dictatorship, they have all seen a gradual installation of a strong presidential executive, over which controls have been weakened; weaker parliamentary organisations; and traditional parties being supplanted by anti-political outsiders. Dividing recent history into two periods (Period 1, 1960s/70s; Period 2, 1980s/90s) he argues that these countries have gone through a double transition: of political regime and of the development model followed; and that neo-liberal adjustments have not sat well with democracy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2005 Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín. First published March 2003, revised January 2005.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 13:58
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 00:40

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