Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America

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Cambridge University Press, 13 de ago de 2001 - 220 páginas
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Does it matter when politicians ignore the promises they made and the preferences of their constituents? If politicians want to be reelected or see their party reelected at the end of their term, why would they impose unpopular policies? Susan Stokes explores these questions by developing a model of policy switches and then testing it with statistical and qualitative data from Latin American elections over the last two decades. She concludes that politicians may change policies because unpopular policies are best for constituents and hence also will best serve their own political ambitions.
 

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ELECTIONS MANDATES AND REPRESENTATION
1
ELECTIONS AND ECONOMIC POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
25
EXPLAINING POLICY SWITCHES
60
ARE PARTIES WHATS WRONG WITH DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA?
102
NEOLIBERALISM WITHOUT MANDATES CITIZENS RESPOND
122
MANDATES AND DEMOCRATIC THEORY
154
SUMMARY PREDICTIONS UNSETTLED QUESTIONS
185
References
197
Author Index
211
Subject Index
215
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