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The Fates of Political Parties

The Fates of Political Parties
Institutional Crisis, Continuity, and Change in Latin America

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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107189799

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  • Political parties in the developing world often face serious electoral crises; from one election to the next, parties can be decisively voted out of national office. What happens to a party that experiences this kind of voter rejection? The literature suggests it will disappear, leaving the party system vulnerable to the inexperience of new political actors. The Fates of Political Parties offers a more nuanced perspective: focusing on a number of individual Latin American countries as well as the region as a whole, it identifies considerable variation regarding how parties survive and even revive after an electoral crisis. The book revitalizes the study of parties as complex entities that rely on a potentially diverse set of resources to remain active in politics. It demonstrates that parties can be remarkably enduring institutions; surviving and reviving parties represent instances of institutional stability. Where they endure, those parties can sustain competition and strengthen the democratic regime.

    • Addressing a timely political phenomenon, readers will learn about politics in apparently 'crisis-laden' countries, where change seems to be the only constant
    • Identifies considerable institutional continuity in the Latin America region, giving readers insight into politics in the developing world
    • Employs mixed methods in an integrated way, appealing to readers with diverse methodological preferences
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    'Why do some established parties survive or reinvent themselves while other parties disappear when party systems collapse? The Fates of Political Parties provides a compelling explanation to this important but understudied question. Jennifer Cyr carefully shows how high-cost organizational and ideational resources, such as party branches, militants, ideologies, and brands, shape the destiny of parties in crisis contexts. Rigorously argued and exhaustively researched, this book should be the starting point for future research on party survival. It is essential reading not only for scholars specializing in Latin American politics, but for anyone interested in understanding why some parties persist.' Raúl L. Madrid, University of Texas, Austin

    'The Fates of Political Parties is an impressive and highly topical study of what happens to parties when a party system enters crisis. It is strongly recommended for readers interested in party survival, and the politics of the Andes generally. The book provides compelling evidence for the importance of subnational politics, the power of ideas, and the capacities of parties to reinvent themselves. An essential contribution to the literature.' Maxwell A. Cameron, Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    'By explaining why the fates of parties diverge in the aftermath of electoral crises, this ambitious new book makes a number of critical interventions in the literature on political parties. Jennifer Cyr has used her impressive empirical command of three complicated and crucial cases - Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela - to develop a powerful and general theory of party survival and revival. Conceptualizing parties as complex entities, this book shows that we need to think expansively not just about the nature of the organizational and ideological resources potentially available to parties, but also about the range of functions they perform in democracy.' Kent Eaton, University of California, Santa Cruz

    'In this highly original and fascinating book, Lessing (Chicago) examines drug wars in Latin America from the comparative perspective of conflict between the state and drug cartels (as nonstate actors). … This groundbreaking book draws on substantive local research and interviews.' A. Siaroff, Choice

    'In The Fates of Political Parties, Cyr takes us past the hang-wringing stage of party crisis and pushes us to consider what comes next. Theoretically and conceptually, the book is rich … It is equally impressive as a study in how to conduct rigorous, question-driven, and theoretically informed fieldwork.' Ryan E. Carlin, Latin American Research Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107189799
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Political parties and their resources
    3. Explaining the fates of parties
    4. The resource wealth of parties after party-system collapse: the empirical record in the Andes
    5. Survival and revival in an atomized party system: Peru after 1992
    6. Survival and revival in a regionalized party system: Venezuela after 1998
    7. The difficulties of survival and revival in a hyper-fluid party system: Bolivia after 2005
    8. Conclusion: resources and the fates of parties.

  • Author

    Jennifer Cyr, University of Arizona
    Jennifer Cyr is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American studies at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on political representation, identity, and democratization in Latin America.

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