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The Inclusionary Turn in Latin American Democracies

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Latin American states took dramatic steps toward greater inclusion during the late twentieth and early twenty-first Centuries. Bringing together an accomplished group of scholars, this volume examines this shift by introducing three dimensions of inclusion: official recognition of historically excluded groups, access to policymaking, and resource redistribution. Tracing the movement along these dimensions since the 1990s, the editors argue that the endurance of democratic politics, combined with longstanding social inequalities, create the impetus for inclusionary reforms. Diverse chapters explore how factors such as the role of partisanship and electoral clientelism, constitutional design, state capacity, social protest, populism, commodity rents, international diffusion, and historical legacies encouraged or inhibited inclusionary reform during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Featuring original empirical evidence and a strong theoretical framework, the book considers cross-national variation, delves into the surprising paradoxes of inclusion, and identifies the obstacles hindering further fundamental change.

Author Biography

Diana Kapiszewski is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University. She studies legal institutions in comparative perspective, and field and qualitative methods, and has authored, co-authored, or co-edited five books and multiple articles on these topics. Her first book won the APSA Law and Courts Section's C. Herman Pritchett Award. Steven Levitsky is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He studies democratization and authoritarianism, political parties, and weak and informal institutions. He is currently writing a book on the durability of revolutionary regimes. Levitsky is co-author (with Daniel Ziblatt) of How Democracies Die (2018), a New York Times bestseller published in twenty-two languages. Deborah J. Yashar is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and editor of World Politics. She studies democracy and authoritarianism, citizenship, ethnic politics, violence, and immigration. Her last book, Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America (Cambridge, 2018), received the 2019 best book prize from APSA's Comparative Democratization section.
Release date Australia
February 4th, 2021
  • Professional & Vocational
  • Tertiary Education (US: College)
  • Edited by Deborah J. Yashar
  • Edited by Diana Kapiszewski
  • Edited by Steven Levitsky
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Cambridge University Press
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