Lower-Class Politics and Revived Civilian Rule

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:
Lower-Class Politics and Revived Civilian Rule

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This chapter analyzes how these movements of the urban poor persisted under renewed civilian rule in the 1980s and early 1990s, without fully displacing a “clientelist” pattern of accommodation. In March 1980, presidential and parliamentary elections were held for the first time in twelve years, bringing an end to Peru's longest period of military rule in this century. But the heritage of military rule under Velasco shaped lower-class politics after the state returned to civilian control. This heritage was nowhere clearer than in the persistence of a rights-oriented and confrontational politics among segments of the urban poor.

Keywords: urban poor; clientelist accommodation; military rule; lower-class politics

Chapter.  3790 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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