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From Movements to Parties in Latin America The Evolution of Ethnic Politics

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ISBN-10: 052170703X

ISBN-13: 9780521707039

Edition: 2007

Authors: Donna Lee Van Cott

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Based on extensive original research and detailed historical case studies, this book links historical institutional analysis and social movement theory to a study of political systems in which new ethnic cleavages have emerged. It studies 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 study concludes with the democratic implications of the emergence of this phenomenon in the context of declining public support for parties.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.990

Donna Lee Van Cott is associate professor of political science and Latin American studies at Tulane University. She is author of The Friendly Liquidation of the Past: The Politics of Diversity in Latin America (2000), editor of Indigenous Peoples and Democracy in Latin America (1994), and has published more than a dozen articles on related topics. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship as well as a residential fellowship from the Helen Kellogg Institute of International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Van Cott is the founding chair of the section on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples of the Latin American Studies Association.

Introduction: toward a comprehensive theory of ethnic party formation and performance
Institutions, party systems, and social movements
A reflection of our motley reality: Bolivian Indians' slow path to political representation
We are the government: Pachakutik's rapid ascent to national power
It is not a priority: the failure of ethnic parties in Peru
Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela: unlikely cases of ethnic party formation and success
Conclusions and implications