Military Rule and the Transformation of Lower-class Politics

Susan C. Stokes

in Cultures in Conflict

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1995 | ISBN: 9780520086173
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916234 | DOI:
Military Rule and the Transformation of Lower-class Politics

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This chapter explores the transformation of lower-class political life during the period of military rule in the seventies. The regime of Juan Velasco Alvarado has been interpreted as corporatist, or at least as aspiring to install an “inclusionary” corporatist-style system of interest representation. The Velasco experience illustrates the difficulty that inclusionary corporatists face in creating ties with the lower classes which move beyond clientelism, on the one hand, and in remaining in control of the mobilization they are likely to produce, on the other. It also illustrates the difficulty of constructing a corporatist system organized not around the labor movement but around residential communities of the poor.

Keywords: lower-class politics; military rule; Juan Velasco Alvarado; inclusionary corporatists; clientelism

Chapter.  5413 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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