Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Latin America (Paperback)

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Latin America By Guillermo O'Donnell, Philippe C. Schmitter, Laurence Whitehead Cover Image
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An array of internationally noted scholars examines the process of democratization in southern Europe and Latin America. They provide new interpretations of both current and historical efforts of nations to end periods of authoritarian rule and to initiate transition to democracy, efforts that have met with widely varying degrees of success and failure. Extensive case studies of individual countries, a comparative overview, and a synthesis conclusions offer important insights for political scientists, students, and all concerned with the prospects for democracy. Political democracy is not the only possible outcome of transitions from authoritarianism. The authors draw out the implications of democracy as a goal and of the uncertainty inherent in transitional situations. Democratization is perhaps the central issue in Latin American politics today. Case studies focus on Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

About the Author

Guillermo O'Donnell was a prominent Argentine political scientist who served as president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) from 1988 to 1991, and was vice-president of the American Political Science Association (APSA) from 1999-2000.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780801831881
ISBN-10: 0801831881
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 1986
Pages: 256
Language: English