Latin American democracies : Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela by John A. Peeler

By John A. Peeler

Utilizing the situations of Columbia, Costa Rica, and Venezuela, Peeler compares the evolution and upkeep of liberal democratic regimes within the Latin American context. those regimes are proven to be items of the traditional Latin American political techniques, below specific stipulations that experience accredited lodging among rival political and financial elites. the writer argues that those liberal democracies are essentially just like these in different elements of the world.

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In short, both the underpinnings and the results of pluralism and behavioralism were cast into question. Also cast in doubt were the notions that democracy is liberal democracy, and that liberal democracy is the best possible political system. The most systematic attempt to reconstruct democratic theory in light of these postbehavioral, antipluralist criticisms has been the work of C. B. Macpherson. He has argued in numerous works in recent decades that pluralism suffers from the same fatal inconsistencies that marked earlier forms of liberalism, flaws that effectively prevent its achieving the declared goal of liberation for all persons.

From the 19305 until 1968 Peruvian politics alternated between military regimes allied with Peru's propertied interests and civilian regimes equally close to those interests, but existing under the shadow of military intervention should APRA ever seem close to winning an election. During this period, APRA itself became steadily more conservative and more opportunistic in its pursuit of power, but this did not mollify the armed forces. Finally, in 1968 a unique military coup took place, which brought to power a military regime committed to egalitarian, structural social reforms.

After less than a year, Peron's ineffectual presidency ended with his death. His wife and vice president, Isabel, succeeded him and came increasingly under the influence of extreme right-wing ideologues. Her support eroding and the national economy in a disastrous slide, she was overthrown by the armed forces in 1976 and replaced by yet another military regime dedicated to conservative economic policy and the violent depoliticization of Argentine society. The defeat in the Malvinas in 1982 forced the retirement of the military president, Galtieri, and led in 1983 to another civilian regime, but it is uncertain whether the leadership and cohesion that would be necessary to a stable democracy will emerge.

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