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The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America

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  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153256

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  • The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America explores why indigenous movements have recently won elections for the first time in the history of the region. Raúl L. Madrid argues that some indigenous parties have won by using inclusive populist appeals to reach out to whites and mestizos. Indigenous parties have managed to win support across ethnic lines because the long history of racial mixing in Latin America blurred ethnic boundaries and reduced ethnic polarization. The appeals of the indigenous parties have especially resonated in the Andean countries because of widespread disenchantment with the region's traditional parties. The book contains up-to-date qualitative and quantitative analyses of parties in seven countries, including detailed case studies of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.

    • Explores why ethnic parties have emerged in Latin America for the first time in the region's history
    • Argues that some indigenous parties have succeeded because they have reached out to whites and mestizos as well as indigenous people by using a combination of inclusive ethnic and populist appeals
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This is a well-executed and timely book. Madrid offers a novel theory about the success of ethnic parties under conditions of ethnic fluidity and intra-ethnic group fragmentation. Empirically, the author impressively triangulates qualitative and quantitative evidence from in-depth country studies to illustrate his story. The book contributes both to the general theoretical literature about the success of ethnic parties and the literature specifically focusing on Latin America. The policy implications drawn out in the last chapter and, to a lesser degree, in the substantive chapters are interesting and thought provoking. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in ethnic politics in Latin America and beyond.” – Jóhanna K. Birnir, Department of Government, University of Maryland

    “In this thoroughly researched and well-crafted book, Raúl Madrid upends existing explanations for the rise and success of indigenous parties in Latin America while also challenging the broader scholarship on ethnic politics. Madrid convincingly shows that neither institutional change nor social movements are the primary drivers behind the success of indigenous parties; what matters most is a strategy of inclusive populism.” – Christina Ewig, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    “The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Latin America makes a major contribution to the study of ethnic politics. Madrid reconceptualizes ethnic mobilization in a way that takes seriously the mixed and fluid character of ethnic identities in Latin America, and he shows that ethnic parties only succeed in the region when they make inclusive appeals that go beyond ethnicity. Moreover, the book offers the most sophisticated analysis I have seen of the impact of ethno-populist movements on democracy in Latin America. Madrid’s book helps us understand the distinct character of ethnic politics in Latin America, but I suspect it will travel beyond Latin America. I recommend it not only to students of Latin American politics, but to anyone interested in ethnic politics.” – Steven Levitsky, Harvard University

    "...a work that is nuanced and credible, as well as adeptly written." - NACLA Report on the Americas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153256
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Ethnicity and ethnopopulism in Latin America
    3. The ascent of the Movimiento al Socialismo in Bolivia
    4. The rise and decline of Pachakutik in Ecuador
    5. Ethnopopulism without indigenous parties in Peru
    6. The failure of indigenous parties outside of the Central Andes
    7. Indigenous parties and democracy in the Andes
    8. Theoretical implications.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Race in Latin America
    • Studies in Third World Countries
  • Author

    Raúl L. Madrid, University of Texas, Austin
    Raúl L. Madrid is Associate Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Retiring the State: The Politics of Pension Privatization in Latin America and Beyond (2003) and is a co-editor of Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Politics and Society, Latin American Research Review, Political Science Quarterly and World Politics.

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