Participation, Inequality, and the Whereabouts of Democracy

Carlos M. Vilas

in The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780198781837
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Participation, Inequality, and the Whereabouts of Democracy

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The articles in the book are set in the context of the ongoing debate over the conflict‐ridden and partial democracy that has emerged in the region, a democracy that tolerates military vetoes over policy, authoritarian educational systems, public insecurity, significant violence, and massive and increasing inequality. The chapters show the shift away from action by popular actors in the political realm in favour of the social one, from broad‐based movements to fragmentation, and a wide variety of experiments and adaptations in parties, unions, and other popular groups in the continuing struggle for popular representation.

Keywords: depoliticization; inequality; internationalization; limited democracy; new identities; political fragmentation; popular political action

Chapter.  19608 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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