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The Politics of Rebuilding

Ronald Bruce St John

in Toledo's Peru

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038902 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035215.003.0004
The Politics of Rebuilding

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This chapter examines the president's efforts to clean up corruption and to rebuild civic institutions in support of democracy and human rights, important goals of the Toledo administration. The continuing influence of Fujimori and Montesinos on Peruvian politics, together with the widespread political scandals and repeated corruption charges that dogged Toledo and his administration, are central components of this chapter. This chapter also examines the controversial process of decentralization, a key component of Toledo's development strategy: Was decentralization successful in moving authority and responsibility to lower levels of government, and what were the consequences for growth and development?

Keywords: democracy; human rights; Toledo administration; decentralization; political scandals; Peruvian politics

Chapter.  13603 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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