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Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America

William Robinson

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240973.003.0015
 Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America

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Argues that the shift in the US policy from supporting authoritarianism to promoting polyarchy in much of the Third World corresponds to the emergence of a global capitalist economy and is meant to ‘make the world safe for capital’. Authoritarianism is seen as an increasingly ineffective mechanism of social control and is replaced by polyarchic regimes that do not pursue any fundamental class redistribution of political and economic power. The author examines some instances of US polyarchy promotion in Latin America.

Keywords: authoritarianism; capitalism; global economy; globalization; Latin America; polyarchy; redistribution; social control; Third World; USA

Chapter.  8833 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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