State crisis in fragile democracies : polarization and political regimes in South America / Samuel Handlin.

This book offers a novel political-institutional explanation for variation in political polarization, outsider populism, and the fate of democratic regimes across twenty-first-century South America. Drawing upon a wealth of primary evidence and employing process tracing tests to evaluate key causal...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Handlin, Samuel, (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • State crises, the left, and democracy in contemporary South America
  • Explaining divergent party system trajectories and regime dynamics
  • Venezuela : development of a highly polarizing party system
  • Brazil : development of a weakly polarizing party system
  • Democratic erosion in Venezuela, representative democracy in Brazil
  • Bolivia and Ecuador : high polarization and democratic erosion
  • Chile and Uruguay : low polarization and representative democracy
  • Paraguay and Peru : low polarization and polyarchy
  • Longer-term legacies and comparative perspectives around the world
  • Appendix A: Operationalization of state crisis and left-wing infrastructure
  • Appendix B: Operationalization of polarization and regime categories.