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Title:Party System Competition and *Representation: Democratization and Redemocratization in Chile From a Comparative Perspective
Author(s):Bosworth, Jeffrey Alan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Gerardo L. Munck
Department / Program:Political Science
Discipline:Political Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, Latin American
Abstract:In departing from most studies of parties and party systems, this work proposes a novel conception of party systems that focuses on patterns of competition and representation. In seeking to explain the origins and transformations of these particular patterns in Latin America, I take a long-term historical view that highlights the importance of four variables in the initial period of democratization: (1) the sequence of party-state formation; (2) the relative balance of executive-legislative relations; (3) the structure of social cleavages; and (4) the expansion of suffrage. Beyond assessing and explaining the origins of party system competition and representation in Latin America, I demonstrate how the nature of the bureaucratic-authoritarian regimes and the dynamics of the transition have modified these party system patterns since redemocratization in the 1980s. While the focus of this study is the case of Chile, I also compare and contrast the varied experiences of Brazil and Argentina.
Issue Date:2000
Description:331 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9955589
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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