Democracies And Dictatorships In Latin America: Emergence, Survival, And Fall

Democracies And Dictatorships In Latin America: Emergence, Survival, And Fall

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 Anbal Prez-Lin 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 …

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