Political Culture in Panama Democracy after Invasion
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Twenty years have passed since the 1989 U.S. invasion that toppled Panama's military regime and initiated a period of democratization. This book represents the most comprehensive and empirically grounded analysis of the institutional and attitudinal factors that have shaped Panamanian politics since the invasion. As the United States grapples with the aftermath of military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan and efforts to build democracy in both nations, the case of Panama offers a unique opportunity to understand the long-term effects of United States policy and the challenges of building democracy after a military invasion. Using quantitative and qualitative methods the book traces the development of the Panamanian nation-state from its early days after independence from Colombia, to the struggles to build democracy after the U.S. invasion, through the presidential elections of May 2009. The study makes use of extensive interviews with political and economic elites, as well as the most comprehensive series of public opinion surveys ever conducted in Panama. The surveys are part of the Americas Barometer series conducted in 2004, 2006, and 2008 in over twenty nations of Latin America. As such, they provide a wealth of data on democratic values and allow placing Panama in a comparative perspective.
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Figures and Tables|
|Democracy in Post-Invasion Panama: Theory and Case|
|The Shaping of Elite Political Culture During the Ancien Regime, 1903-1968|
|An Enduring Relationship: The Military and Politics in Twentieth-Century Panama|
|Ending the Relationship: Economic Crisis, Political Opposition, and the U.S. Military Invasion, 1981-1989|
|Demilitarization and Elections: Institutional Reconversion in Post-Invasion Panama|
|Reconciliation and Social Dialogue in Post-Invasion Panama|
|Mass Democratic Culture in Panama: The Meaning of Democracy|
|Supporting Stable Democracy: System Support and Political Tolerance|
|Conclusions and Implications: Can Democracy Emerge after an Invasion?|