Democratization by Institutions: Argentina's Transition Years in Comparative Perspective (Paperback)
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Democratization by Institutions: Argentina's Transition Years in Comparative Perspective (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 09/08/2016
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In this pioneering study of democratization in Argentina, Leslie Andersonchallenges Robert Putnam's thesis that democracy requires high levels ofsocial capital. She demonstrates in Democratization by Institutions thatformal institutions (e.g., the executive, the legislature, the courts) canserve not only as operational parts within democracy but as the drivingforce toward democracy.

As Anderson astutely observes, the American founders debated themerits of the institutions they were creating. Examining how, andhow well, Argentina's American-style institutional structure functions,she considers the advantages and risks of the separation of powers,checks and balances, legislative policymaking, and strong presidentialpower. During the democratic transition, the Argentinian state has usedinstitutions to address immediate policy challenges in ways responsive tocitizens and thereby to provide a supportive environment in which socialcapital can develop.

By highlighting the role that institutions can play in leading a nationout of authoritarianism, even when social capital is low, Andersonbegins a new conversation about the possibilities of democratization.Democratization by Institutions has much to say not only to LatinAmericanists and scholars of democratization but also to those interestedin the U.S. constitutional structure and its application in other parts of theworld.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472053230
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm

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