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Free Market Democracy and the Chilean and Mexican Countryside

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534741

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  • Democracy's stability in Chile and Mexico may depend as much, or more critically, on the transformation of social structure and social life induced by the imposition of free market policies in the 1970s and 1980s. This book demonstrates how rural societal transformations induced by free markets support national democratic consolidation. Although existing research has often examined the effect of democratic politics on the process of economic reform, it has avoided analyzing how free market reforms are connected to the process of democratic consolidation.

    • The book combines carefully designed case-based analysis with advanced statistical techniques
    • The book is useful for area-based, thematic and methodological teaching. The last is true particularly because of its use of an uncommon multi-method, multi-level research design
    • This is a rare effort to seriously consider the effect of free markets on democracy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Cogently argued, drawn from wide social science analytical perspectives, and complete with an extensive bibliography, Kurtz's book is a valuable contribution to Latin American studies. A truly fine piece of academic analysis...Essential." J.A. Rhodes, Luther College, Choice

    "...this book makes an important contribution to the study of democratization and the political economy of market reforms. It merits close reading by those concerned with both." - The Americas, Mark Eric Williams, Middlebury College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534741
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.415kg
    • contains: 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Framework and Theoretical Argument:
    1. Posing the right questions
    2. The sectoral foundations of free market democracy
    Part II. The Cases:
    3. Neoliberalism and the transformation of rural society in Chile
    4. Social capital, organization, political participation and democratic competition in Chile
    5. The consolidation of free market democracy and Chilean electoral competition, 1988–2000
    6. Markets and democratization in Mexico: rural politics between Corporatism and Neoliberalism
    Part III. Conclusions and Implications:
    7. Political competitiveness, organized interests, and the democratic market

  • Author

    Marcus J. Kurtz, Ohio State University

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