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From Movements to Parties in Latin America
The Evolution of Ethnic Politics

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  • Date Published: February 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511138256

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  • This book provides a detailed treatment of an important topic that has received no scholarly attention: the surprising transformation of indigenous peoples' movements into viable political parties in the 1990s in four Latin American countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela) and their failure to succeed in two others (Argentina, Peru). The parties studied are crucial components of major trends in the region. By providing to voters clear programs for governing, and reaching out in particular to under-represented social groups, they have enhanced the quality of democracy and representative government. Based on extensive original research and detailed historical case studies, the book links historical institutional analysis and social movement theory to a study of the political systems in which the new ethnic cleavages emerged. The book concludes with a discussion of the implications for democracy of the emergence of this phenomenon in the context of declining public support for parties.

    • A comparative approach encompassing six detailed case studies, including statistical data on ethnic parties
    • The only book on ethnic parties in Latin America
    • Has an interdisciplinary appeal within the social sciences
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In this magnificent landmark study, Van Cott establishes herself as the preeminent empiricist on and advocate for ethnic parties in South America.' Foreign Affairs

    'In a clear and well-written treatment, Van Cott … asks why ethnic parties emerged in the 1990s and why they experienced different levels of success … This is a crucial resource for understanding contemporary indigenous politics.' Choice

    'Because of the great complexity of indigenous politics in Latin America, rarely does scholarship on this topic venture beyond one or two country cases. Donna Lee Van Cott's systematic comparison of indigenous politics across six countries is therefore a courageous and welcome contribution to the growing literature on this topic.' International Affairs

    'Donna Lee Van Cott has been a pioneer in the study of indigenous people's politics in Latin America. Her new book is an important contribution to the study of political parties, especially to the questions of why indigenous parties form and succeed or fail to … From Movement to Parties is very well researched, clearly and persuasively argued, and well written. It is essential reading for political scientists who work on ethnic parties, social movements, and Latin America.' Political Science Quarterly

    'Van Cott's book is the first in-depth analysis that analyzes ethnic party emergence by rigorously comparing the primary cases of both successful and failed formation … The book is extremely thorough, providing excellent, in-depth discussions … arguably provid[ing] the single best current source of information on indegous political parties in Latin America.' Moblization

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511138256
    • contains: 28 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: toward a comprehensive theory of ethnic party formation and performance
    2. Institutions, party systems, and social movements
    3. 'A reflection of our motley reality': Bolivian Indians' slow path to political representation
    4. 'We are the government': Pachakutik's rapid ascent to national power
    5. 'It is not a priority': the failure to form viable ethnic parties in Peru
    6. Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela: unlikely cases of ethnic party formation and success
    7. Conclusions and Implications.

  • Author

    Donna Lee Van Cott, University of Connecticut
    Donna Lee Van Cott is Associate Professor of Political Science and Latin American studies at Tulane University. She is author of The Friendly Liquidation of the Past: The Politics of Diversity in Latin America (2000), editor of Indigenous Peoples and Democracy in Latin America (1994), and has published more than a dozen articles on related topics. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship as well as a residential fellowship from the Helen Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr Van Cott is the founding chair of the section on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples of the Latin American Studies Association.

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