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Revolution and Reaction

Revolution and Reaction
The Diffusion of Authoritarianism in Latin America

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  • Publication planned for: June 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483551

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  • Why did so many Latin American leftists believe they could replicate the Cuban Revolution in their own countries, and why did so many rightists fear the spread of Communism? Cognitive-psychological insights about people's distorted inferences and skewed interest calculations explain why the left held exaggerated hopes and why the right experienced excessive dread. The resulting polarization provoked a powerful backlash in which the right uniformly defeated the left. To forestall the feared spread of revolution, the military in many countries imposed authoritarian regimes and brutally suppressed left-wingers. Overly worried about the advance of Cuban-inspired radicalism as well, the United States condoned and supported the installation of dictatorship, but Latin American elites took the main initiative in these regressive regime changes. With a large number of primary and secondary sources, this book documents how the misperceptions on both sides of the ideological divide thus played a crucial role in the frequent destruction of democracy.

    • Examines how progressive initiatives provoked a reactionary backlash and highlights paradoxical political events and their tragic consequences
    • Demonstrates the cognitive distortions and deviations from rationality that affected a wide range of political forces.
    • Speaks to the ongoing debate about rationality in Political Science and thus makes a theoretical contribution that goes far beyond the specific substantive topic
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    • Publication planned for: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483551
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2019
  • Table of Contents

    PART I. Theoretical Considerations
    1. Introduction
    2. The Difficulty of Accounting for Reverse Waves
    3: A Theory of Reactionary Waves
    PART II. Revolution and the Reactionary Backlash in Latin America
    4: Diffusion Effects of the Cuban Revolution
    5: Waves of Radicalization and Reaction
    6. The Imposition of Institutional Authoritarianism
    7: Horizontal Diffusion and Vertical Promotion in the Autocratic Wave
    PART III. Comparative Perspectives and Theoretical Conclusions
    8. Reactionary Waves across History
    9. Conclusion: Theoretical Reflections.

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    Kurt Weyland, University of Texas, Austin

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