Book — xii, 166 pages : maps, illustrations ; 25 cm.
Introduction The Geographic and Demographic Setting The Years Before 1919 The Evolution of the Modern Political System: 1919-1968 Military Reformism: 1968-1980 The Belaunde Reprise: 1980-1985 Alan Garcia Perez at the Height of His Power: 1985-1987 The Decline of Alan Garcia Perez: 1987-1989-- Selected Bibliography Index.
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This volume gives specialists and students alike a comprehensive political history of Peru that includes the first full-length treatment of the 1980s, a decade in which early optimism sparked by the return of democratic rule gave way to widespread pessimism amidst a full-blown social, economic, and political crisis. Discussed are Peru's return to democracy in the 1980s and the multiple challenges that process has faced. The study traces the growth of the Sendero Luminoso insurgency; the economic collapse that brought Peru hyperinflation coupled with its deepest depression of the twentieth century; and the evolution of the electoral political system that brought Alberto Fujimori, a political novice, to the presidency in 1990. Many of the key causes of Peru's contemporary crisis--foreign debt, fiscal irresponsibility, desgobierno (erratic, inappropriate, or incompetent behavior on the part of the government), and the centralization of governmental authority--have been recurrent themes in Peruvian history since at least the early republican period. The profound social divisions within Peru's population, which constitute the principal cause of la crisis, have persisted even longer. A number of these divisions have broken down, however; in this development, the author sees cause for optimism in the midst of crisis. Latin American specialists, Peru watchers, advanced students in comparative politics, journalists, and anyone interested in the far-reaching changes occurring in Latin America will find this book useful and compelling. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Origins of Argentinian industrial development-- paradoxes of Argentinian industrial development-- explosion of the legitimacy crisis-- legacy of the process-- political challenges to the radical government-- democracy on the brink of the abyss.
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Offering a dialectical interpretation of contemporary Argentinian history, this book examines important economic and political developments after 1930, from the standpoint of class interests in conflict. The author argues that early governmental policies of industrialization generated a power struggle between the agrarian and industrial middle classes, as well as between the bourgeoisie and the working class, which led to increased political and economic instability, an erosion of institutional legitimacy and, finally, State terrorism. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
London : Latin America Bureau (Research and Action) ; New York, NY : Distribution in USA by Monthly Review Press, 1990.
Book — xvi, 311 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Seen by some as a success story, with steady growth and political stability, Colombia is also notorious through the violence surrounding the cocaine trade. This work examines the role of the political parties, trade unions, guerillas and civic movements in Colombia today. (source: Nielsen Book Data)