Political culture and democratic transition-- individualism and statism-- expectations, transition and democracy in Argentina-- attitudes toward democracy during the transition period-- the transition and the political party system-- the left and the right in Argentine public opinion-- the elections of October 30, 1983-- the emergence of a new electoral configuration-- the presidential elections of May 14, 1989-- the road to normality-- conclusion - political orientations during the transition and democratic stability-- the surveys and the data-- the scale of social stratification.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Is Argentine political culture favourably inclined toward democracy? What have been the principal changes in this culture during the transition period? What is the dynamic of discontent in Argentina? How are democratic, elitist, authoritarian, and populist orientations brought together in the population? Drawing on the results of data from multiple opinion polls taken throughout the transition period, Edgardo Catterberg addresses these and related questions and formulates a series of proposals concerning the evolution of political beliefs in Argentina. Catterberg finds that, after the 1983 defeat of the authoritarian regime, liberal orientations progressed, but they also subsequently receded in the face of unsatisfied expectations. Considering the predominant orientations, he concludes that the stability of political democracy in Argentina has few more serious challenges than the need to transform demanding political attitudes and behaviours into political patience. (source: Nielsen Book Data)