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Dilemmas of Democracy in the Open Economy: Lessons From Latin America

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  • Kurtz, Marcus J. (Ohio State University)
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  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
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democracy; economic conditions; free markets
  • Abstract

    Scholars have usually understood the problem of democratic consolidation in terms of the creation of mechanisms that make possible the avoidance of populist excesses, polarized conflicts, or authoritarian corporatist inclusion that undermined free politics in much of postwar Latin America. This article makes the case that, under contemporary liberal economic conditions, the nature of the challenge for democratization has changed in important ways. Earlier problems of polarization had their roots in the long-present statist patterns of economic organization. By contrast, under free market conditions, democratic consolidation faces a largely distinct set of challenges: the under-articulation of societal interests, pervasive social atomization, and socially uneven political quiescence founded in collective action problems. These can combine to undermine the efficacy of democratic representation, and consequently, regime legitimacy. The article utilizes data from the Latin American region since the 1970s on development, economic reform, and individual and collective political participation to show the effects of a changing state-economy relationship on the consolidation of democratic politics.
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  • Latin America
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1305 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01305.v1
  • Kurtz, Marcus J.. The dilemmas of democracy in the open economy: Lessons from Latin America. World Politics.56, (2), 262-302.2004.
    • ID: 10.1353/wp.2004.0013 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Kurtz, Marcus J. (2004): Dilemmas of Democracy in the Open Economy: Lessons From Latin America. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.