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The Nature of the New Argentine Democracy. The Delegative Democracy Argument Revisited

    • Published online: 04 April 2001

O'Donnell's diagnosis regarding the delegative nature of the new Latin American democracies has won wide acceptance in current debates on institutional consolidation. Through the analysis of the Argentine case this commentary challenges the delegative democracy argument as one-sided. The delegativeness hypothesis, it will be argued, turns a blind eye to the truly innovative processes that have taken place within Argentine society and make this democratising wave distinctive.

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Previous versions of this paper were presented at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London; the Latin American Centre, Oxford University, and at the Latin American Luncheon Seminar, Cornell University. The author is grateful to the participants of those meetings for their helpful comments and criticisms.
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Journal of Latin American Studies
  • ISSN: 0022-216X
  • EISSN: 1469-767X
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