Building Democracy...Which Democracy? Ideology and Models of Democracy in Post-Transition Latin America
Government and Opposition, Vol. 50, No. 3, pp. 364-393, 2015
30 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2016
Date Written: August 11, 2015
Politics in Latin America continued to be about democracy after the democratic transitions in Latin America in the 1980s and 1990s. An old concern – securing the minimal standard of democracy that had served as the goal of democratic transitions – remained relevant. But a new concern – the attainment of more than a minimal democracy – transformed politics about democracy. Actors who supported and opposed neoliberalism – the key axis of ideological conflict – advocated and resisted political changes in the name of different models of democracy. And the conflict over which model of democracy would prevail shaped Latin America’s post-transition trajectories, determining how democracy developed and, in turn, whether democracy endured.
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