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Democracies and dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, survival, and fall

Mainwaring, S and Pérez-Liñán, A (2012) Democracies and dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, survival, and fall. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780521190015

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This book presents a new theory for why political regimes emerge, and why they subsequently survive or break down. it then analyzes the emergence, survival, and fall of democracies and dictatorships in Latin America since 1900. Scott Mainwaring and Aníbal Pérez–Liñán argue for a theoretical approach situated between long–term structural and cultural explanations and short–term explanations that look at the decisions of specific leaders. They focus on the political preferences of powerful actors – the degree to which they embrace democracy as an intrinsically desirable end and their policy radicalism – to explain regime outcomes. They also demonstrate that transnational forces and influences are crucial to understand regional waves of democratization. Based on extensive research into the political histories of all twenty Latin American countries, this book offers the first extended analysis of regime emergence, survival, and failure for all of Latin America over a long period of time.


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Item Type: Book
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mainwaring, S
Pérez-Liñán, A
Date: 1 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/cbo9781139047845
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780521190015
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2014 21:47
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 12:55


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