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Author Brown, Christopher M

Title Failed democracies in Latin America and the Caribbean : democratic purgatory and the viability of consolidated democratic regimes / Christopher M. Brown
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2023


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Contents Intro -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- About This Book -- Contents -- About the Author -- List of Tables -- 1 Introduction to Democratic Purgatory -- Setting the Stage -- The Inviolability of Consolidation -- Democratic Failures During Transition -- Democratic Breakdowns in the Literature -- Outlining a Heuristic -- Why Venezuela? -- Legitimacy and Effectiveness -- Building Theory -- The Plan of the Book -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 2 Democracy's End: A Tale of Two Referenda -- Dreams, Deferred -- Punto Fijo's Last Stand -- A Tale of Two Democracies -- The Only Game in Town
Same Game, New Rules -- Democratic Breakdown Through Democratic Means -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 3 Operationalizing Democratization -- Points of Departure -- Operationalizing Democracy -- Architects of the New World Order -- The Experience of Modernization -- Breaking It Down: Transitologists and Stages of Transition -- The Transitions Project -- Democratization and Consolidation -- Tracing the Ideal -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 4 The Blueprint for Democratization -- Influence of Prior Regime Type -- Authoritarian Regimes -- Regime Solidarity -- Regime Disunity -- On Liberalization
The Ruling Elites -- "Modes of Transition" from Authoritarian Rule -- How Political Systems Transition (in the Abstract) -- Foundational Pacts -- Democratic Consolidation -- Becoming Consolidated -- Democratic Failures -- Break Down from Democratic External Pressures -- Democratic Breakdown by Internal Pressures -- Reconciling Democratic Breakdowns -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 5 From Exemplar to Pariah: The Heuristic Case of Venezuela's Breakdown -- From Exemplar to Pariah -- Illustrative Case Study of Venezuela -- Pre-Democratic History in Brief: Nation-State Building
Liberalization to Democratization (1935-1958) -- Failed Democratic Experiment and Democratic Learning -- Pacted Transition: The Pacts of Punto Fijo -- Foundational Pact of Venezuelan Democracy -- Accommodation and Exclusion -- Democratization (1959-1973) -- Rules of the Game -- Democratic Elections and Power Transfers -- Consolidation -- Democracy in the Consolidation Phase (1974-1987) -- Deepening Democracy -- Democratic Breakdown (1987-1998) -- Chavismo (1998-2000s) -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 6 Institutionalizing Instability: Prologue to a Farce or Tragedy -- Venezuela as a Failed Democracy
Venezuela as Another Latin American "Democracy" -- Five Patterns of Democratic Breakdown -- Why Venezuelan Democracy Failed -- Structural/Economic Factors -- Political/Institutional Factors -- Political Cultural/Political Learning Factors -- Democratic Failure Through Democratic Means -- Democratic Purgatory -- Democratic Breakdown in Venezuela -- Wither Representation? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 7 The Long Shadow of Colombia's National Front Era -- Chapter Overview -- Introduction to Colombian Political Development -- Independence -- War of the Supremos -- Nueva Granada to La RebeliĆ³n
Summary This book addresses the breakdown of failed democratic systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. The scope of this investigation is a study of political systems of Venezuela, Colombia, and Nicaragua. The implications of the present research on democratic purgatory have real-world applications not only for the above countries but also for those political systems that are currently transitioning and/or consolidating their democracies as well. Christopher M. Brown is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Georgia Southern University, USA. His primary research agenda addresses normative issues of democratization and democracy theory. He is the author of Constructing International Studies and Introduction to International Studies
Subject New democracies -- Latin America
Failed states -- Venezuela
Failed states -- Colombia
Failed states -- Nicaragua
Failed states
New democracies
Politics and government
SUBJECT Venezuela -- Politics and government.
Colombia -- Politics and government.
Nicaragua -- Politics and government.
Subject Colombia
Latin America
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3031384814