Presidential Breakdowns In Latin America: Causes and Outcomes of Executive Instability in Developing Democracies by M. LlanosPresidential Breakdowns In Latin America: Causes and Outcomes of Executive Instability in Developing Democracies by M. Llanos

Presidential Breakdowns In Latin America: Causes and Outcomes of Executive Instability in…

EditorM. Llanos, Leiv Marsteintredet

Hardcover | April 14, 2010

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This volume is the first comprehensive analysis of a new type of executive instability without regime instability in Latin America referred to as “presidential breakdown.” It includes a theoretical introduction framing the debate within the institutional literature on democracy and democratization, and the implications of this new type of executive instability for presidential democracies. Two comparative chapters analyze the causes, procedures, and outcomes of presidential breakdowns in a regional perspective, and country studies provide in-depth analyses of all countries in Latin America that have experienced one or several presidential breakdowns: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. The book also includes an epilogue on the 2009 presidential crisis in Honduras.

Mariana Llanos is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies, in Hamburg, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Oxford and has published books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has edited books on Latin American politic...
Title:Presidential Breakdowns In Latin America: Causes and Outcomes of Executive Instability in…Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 14, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230618197

ISBN - 13:9780230618190


Table of Contents

Introduction--Mariana Llanos & Leiv Marsteintredet * Part I: Comparative Perspectives * Presidentialism and Early Exits from Power: The Role of Congress--Ana-María Mustapic * Democratic Breakdowns and Presidential Breakdowns in Latin America: How Do They Compare?--Michael E. Alvarez & Leiv Marsteintredet * Part II: Cases of Repeated Breakdown * Presidential Breakdowns in Argentina--Mariana Llanos * Parliamentary Solutions to Presidential Crises in Ecuador--Andres Mejía Acosta and John Polga-Hecimovich * Civil Society, Social Protest and Presidential Breakdowns in Bolivia--Miguel Buitrago * Part III: The Cases of Impeachment * The Collor Impeachment and Presidential Government in Brazil--Argelina Figuereido * The Impeachment of Carlos Andrés Pérez and the Collapse of Venezuelan Partyarchy--Rickard Lalander * Paraguay: The President in his General’s Labyrinth--Detlef Nolte * Part IV: Presidential Breakdowns Restoring Democratic Order * Guarding Privileges and Saving the Day: Guatemalan Elites and the Settlement of the Serranazo--Maren Christensen Bjune and Stina Petersen * The Fall of President Balaguer--Leiv Marsteintredet * Peru and the Fujimori Presidential Breakdown in 2000: Continuismo Gone Bad--Einar Berntzen and Tor-Einar Holvik Skinlo * Conclusions--Mariana Llanos & Leiv Marsteintredet

Editorial Reviews

“A worrisome proportion of democratically elected presidents in Latin America fail to complete their terms in office. This collection represents a major advance in our understanding of contemporary democracy in the region. Contrary to journalistic interpretations, the authors demonstrate that presidential breakdown is driven more by executive-legislative relations than by popular protests – and also that recent presidential breakdowns are more likely to lead to the reequilibration of a democratic regime than to its demise. In combining creative theory-building with detailed coverage of recent political history, this volume is a major contribution to comparative presidentialism and to the study of Latin American democracy.”--Timothy J. Power, University of Oxford“The choice of the term ‘presidential breakdown’ to conceptually describe the many early presidential exits in Latin America is right on target, as it accurately describes one of the most interesting phenomena in Latin American presidentialism, brilliantly treated by the authors. The detailed knowledge of these breakdown processes, presented from a comparative perspective, is one of the great attributes of this must-read book.”--Manuel Alcántara, Universidad de Salamanca