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Latin American Party Systems

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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521132664

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  • Political parties provide a crucial link between voters and politicians. This link takes a variety of forms in democratic regimes, from the organization of political machines built around clientelistic networks to the establishment of sophisticated programmatic parties. Latin American Party Systems provides a novel theoretical argument to account for differences in the degree to which political party systems in the region were programmatically structured at the end of the twentieth century. Based on a diverse array of indicators and surveys of party legislators and public opinion, the book argues that learning and adaptation through fundamental policy innovations are the main mechanisms by which politicians build programmatic parties. Marshalling extensive evidence, the book’s analysis shows the limits of alternative explanations and substantiates a sanguine view of programmatic competition, nevertheless recognizing that this form of party system organization is far from ubiquitous and enduring in Latin America.

    • Offers a comprehensive analysis of political parties across Latin America with a broadly comparative focus
    • We suggest a new theory explaining how party systems become programmatic (that is, focused on ideologically informed policies administered according to universalistic criteria)
    • We use novel techniques for gauging the programmatic qualities of party systems with survey data
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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521132664
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 61 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: party competition in Latin America
    1. Patterns of programmatic party competition in Latin America
    Part I. Describing Programmatic Structuration:
    2. Issues, ideologies, and partisan divides: imprints of programmatic structure in Latin American legislatures
    3. Left-right semantics as a facilitator of programmatic structuring
    4. Political representation in Latin America
    5. Ideological cohesion of political parties in Latin America
    Part II. Causes and Correlates of Programmatic Party System Structuration: Explaining Cross-National Diversity:
    6. Long-term influences on the structuring of Latin American Party systems
    7. Democratic politics and political economy since the 1980s: transforming the programmatic structure of Latin American party systems?
    8. Programmatic structuration around religion and political regime
    9. Programmatic structuration and democratic performance

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    Latin American Party Systems

    Herbert Kitschelt, Kirk A. Hawkins, Juan Pablo Luna, Guillermo Rosas, Elizabeth J. Zechmeister

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    • Elections in the Americas
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  • Authors

    Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University
    Herbert Kitschelt is the George V. Allen Professor of International Relations in Duke University's Political Science Department. He has published widely on comparative political parties and party systems in Western Europe and postcommunist Eastern Europe and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Kirk A. Hawkins, Brigham Young University
    Kirk Hawkins is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is the author of The Discourse of Populism: Venezuela's Chavismo in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press). He has published work on political parties and populist movements and his current research focuses on the analysis of political culture.

    Juan Pablo Luna, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
    Juan Pablo Luna is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His dissertation on party voter linkages in Chile and Uruguay won the 2008 Juan Linz Best Dissertation Award of APSA's Comparative Democratization Section.

    Guillermo Rosas, Washington University in St. Louis
    Guillermo Rosas is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Curbing Bailouts: Banking Crises and Electoral Accountability in Comparative Perspective (University of Michigan Press). His research interests center on political economy and legislative politics.

    Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
    Elizabeth Zechmeister is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project at Vanderbilt University. She is the author, with Jennifer Merolla, of Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public (University of Chicago Press). Her research interests are in comparative political behavior with a regional focus on Latin America.

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