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Changing Course in Latin America
Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era

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  • Date Published: January 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673266

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  • This book explores the impact of economic crises and free-market reforms on party systems and political representation in contemporary Latin America. It explains why some patterns of market reform align and stabilize party systems, whereas other patterns of reform leave party systems vulnerable to widespread social protest and electoral instability. In contrast to other works on the topic, this book accounts for both the institutionalization and the breakdown of party systems, and it explains why Latin America turned to the Left politically in the aftermath of the market-reform process. Ultimately, it explains why this “left turn” was more radical in some countries than others and why it had such varied effects on national party systems.

    • Region-wide explanation of the political consequences of market reforms in Latin America
    • Innovative theory on the stability and volatility of different national party systems
    • Innovative historical institutional theory on both moderate and radical 'left turns' in Latin America
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    • Winner, 2016 Best Book Award, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association

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    "Kenneth M. Roberts’s book provides an outstanding synthetic argument about the impact of the convulsive period of market liberalization on party systems in Latin America, providing a nuanced answer to the question of why this critical juncture generated distinct legacies in some countries and not others. Its perspective will be central to scholarly debates regarding the causes and consequences of the vast changes in patterns of political representation evident in the region today."
    Jonathan Hartlyn, Kenneth J. Reckford Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673266
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 37 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: party system change in the neoliberal era
    Part I. Explaining Regional Patterns:
    2. Partisanship and the puzzle of party system stability
    3. Critical junctures and party system change
    4. Antecedent conditions: party system differentiation in twentieth-century Latin America
    5. Neoliberal critical junctures and party system stability
    6. Programmatic (de-)alignment and party system stability in the aftermath period
    Part II. National Experiences in Comparative Perspective:
    7. Critical junctures in elitist party systems
    8. Critical junctures in labor-mobilizing party systems
    9. Aftermath: reactive sequences and institutional legacies
    10. Conclusion: political legacies and the crisis of representation
    Appendix: election results in Latin America.

  • Author

    Kenneth M. Roberts, Cornell University, New York
    Kenneth M. Roberts is Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of Deepening Democracy?: The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru (1998). Roberts is the co-editor of The Diffusion of Social Movements: Actors, Mechanisms, and Political Effects (Cambridge, 2010) and The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (2011). His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, and Studies in Comparative International Development.


    • Winner, 2016 Best Book Award, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association

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