Politicians and Politics in Latin America

Politicians and Politics in Latin America

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The premise of this book is, simply, that politicians matter, that an understanding of the role played by politicians in the way that politics is carried out in their countries is, far from constituting a resurrection of outdated elitist theories, of vital importance in present-day Latin America. The authors consider politicians as both cause and effect. Drawing on pioneering field research on the opinions of Latin American legislators in 17 countries, they focus on two broad topics: political systems, as reflected in politicians' perspectives on the democracies and party organizations of which they are a part; and the role played by ideology, not only in shaping positions on issues, but also as a factor that gives coherence to parties. Their seminal work is central to the current political dynamics in the region, as well as to broader debates in political science.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 325 pages
  • 158.75 x 228.6 x 19.05mm | 598.74g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 158826548X
  • 9781588265487
  • 2,387,526

Table of contents

Introduction M. Alcantara Saez. Studying Parliamentary Elites in Latin America: Change and Continuity, 1994-2005 F. Garcia Diez and A. Mateos Diaz. Politics and Democracy. The Puzzle of Representation P. Marenghi and M. Garcia Montero. The Meanings of Democracy and Institutional Trust A. Mateos Diaz. Legislators and Political Agendas M. Alc ntara S ez. Party Politics and Ideology. The Organization of Political Parties L.M. Ruiz Rodriguez. The Dimensions of Polarization in Parliments C. Rivas P,rez. The Determinants of Intraparty Ideological Differences F. Freidenberg, F. Garcia Diez, and I. Llamazares Valduvieco. Programmatic Coherence L.M. Ruiz Rodriguez. The Parliamentary Left S. Marti I Puig and S. Santiuste Cu,. The Parliamentary Right M. Alc ntara S ez and I. Llamazares Valduvieco. Conclusion. Legislative Careers: Does Quality Matter M. Del Mar Martinez Roscn. Politicians and Politics in Latin America After Twenty-Five Years of Democracy M. Alc ntara S ez.show more

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"A masterful and comprehensive analysis of Latin American political parties and politicians. This outstanding volume will shape how scholars view the functioning of politics in the region for years to come." Mark Jones, Rice University "This important contribution to the study of Latin American politics is likely to be widely cited and sometimes challenged. There is no other analysis like it." Eduardo Aleman, University of Houston"show more

About Manuel Alcantara Saez

Manuel Alcantara Saez is professor of politics and director of the Iberoamerican Institute at the University of Salamanca.show more