From Movements to Parties in Latin America

From Movements to Parties in Latin America

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This book provides a detailed treatment of an important topic that has received no scholarly attention: the surprising transformation of indigenous peoples' movements into viable political parties in the 1990s in four Latin American countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela) and their failure to succeed in two others (Argentina, Peru). The parties studied are crucial components of major trends in the region. By providing to voters clear programs for governing, and reaching out in particular to under-represented social groups, they have enhanced the quality of democracy and representative government. Based on extensive original research and detailed historical case studies, the book links historical institutional analysis and social movement theory to a study of the political systems in which the new ethnic cleavages emerged. The book concludes with a discussion of the implications for democracy of the emergence of this phenomenon in the context of declining public support for parties.In 1975, approximately 250, 000 Amazonian Indians lived in 1, 035 legally recognized native communities (Urteaga Grovetto 2000: 280). ... Amazonian Center for Anthropology and Applied Practice (CAAAP) and Center for Amazon Research and Promotion (CIPA) ... In 1982, it helped to form the international alliance that in 1984 became the Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazonanbsp;...

Title:From Movements to Parties in Latin America
Author:Donna Lee Van Cott
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2005-08-22


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