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Radical Democracy in the Andes

ISBN-10: 0521734177

ISBN-13: 9780521734172

Edition: 2009

Authors: Donna Lee Van Cott

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After a decade in local office, are indigenous peoples' governments in the Andes fulfilling their promise to provide a more participatory, accountable, and deliberative form of democracy? Using current debates in democratic theory as a framework, Donna Lee Van Cott examines 10 examples of institutional innovation by indigenous-party-controlled municipalities in Bolivia and Ecuador. In contrast to studies emphasizing the role of individuals and civil society, the findings underscore the contributions of leadership and political parties to promoting participation and deliberation -- even at the local level. Democratic quality is more likely to improve where local actors initiate and design institutions. Van Cott concludes that indigenous parties' innovations have improved democratic quality in some respects, but that authoritarian tendencies endemic to Andean cultures and political organizations have limited their positive impact.
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Book details

List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Introduction: The Political and Cultural Origins of Democratic Institutional Innovation
The Legal and Political Context for Municipal Reform in Bolivia and Ecuador
Mayoral Leadership and Democratic Institutional Innovation
Political Parties, Civil Society, and Democratic Institutional Innovation
Institutional Innovation in Ecuador
Institutional Innovation in Bolivia
Conclusion: An Interaction Model of Democratic Institutional Innovation
References
Index