Download PDF by Paul H. Lewis: Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America: Dictators, Despots,

By Paul H. Lewis

powerful, colourful personalities who impose their will upon legislation, constitutions, courts, and congresses are a permanent function of Latin American politics, starting with the violent nearby bosses (caudillos) of the early 19th century and carrying on with with the 'hyper-presidential' platforms of at the present time. Paul Lewis explores the origins of the region's authoritarian tradition and the differing kinds of regimes that experience exhibited it. Taking a student-friendly chronological process, this considerate and obtainable textual content starts with a short assessment of Latin America's Iberian background, then describes the final breakdown of order and the increase of the caudillos following independence. Lewis exhibits how the inner dynamics of caudillo politics have produced, in a single nation after one other, both powerful personalistic dictatorships or oligarchies that ruthlessly imposed order on their societies. Order made financial development and urbanization attainable, but created nice social injustices that spurred the improvement of mass politics. the writer describes the twentieth-century upheavals that introduced the folk into the political enviornment, leading to quite a few progressive and counter-revolutionary regimes that borrow their idea from fascism and communism. Balanced but wary in regards to the way forward for democracy within the zone, this available ebook might be priceless for classes on modern Latin America.

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