Presidential Impeachment and the New Political Instability in Latin America

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 M07 9 - 241 páginas
This book documents the emergence of a new pattern of political instability in Latin America. Traditional military coups have receded in the region, but elected presidents are still ousted from power as a result of recurrent crises. Aníbal Pérez-Liñán shows that presidential impeachment has become the main constitutional instrument employed by civilian elites to depose unpopular rulers. Based on detailed comparative research in five countries and extensive historical information, the book explains why crises without breakdown have become the dominant form of instability in recent years and why some presidents are removed from office while others survive in power. The analysis emphasizes the erosion of presidential approval resulting from corruption and unpopular policies, the formation of hostile coalitions in Congress, and the role of investigative journalism. This book challenges classic assumptions in studies of presidentialism and provides important insights for the fields of political communication, democratization, political behavior, and institutional analysis.
 

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MADMAN
14
PRESIDENTIAL CRISES AND THE DECLINE
40
LATIN AMERICA IN THE AGE OF SCANDAL
64
SCANDALS AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY
87
TOWARD A NEW PATTERN OF POLITICAL
176
RETHINKING LATIN AMERICAN PRESIDENTIALISM
203
Index
235
MADMAN
14
LATIN AMERICA IN THE AGE OF SCANDAL
64
SCANDALS AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY
87
TOWARD A NEW PATTERN OF POLITICAL
7
INSTABILITY 176
176
RETHINKING LATIN AMERICAN PRESIDENTIALISM 203
203
References 215
215
Index 235
235
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PRESIDENTIAL CRISES AND THE DECLINE
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Anníbal Pérez-Líñan is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Born in Argentina, Pérez-Liñán has conducted extensive research in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela. He has published articles in academic journals in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Great Britain, Spain, the United States, and Uruguay. His most recent articles have been published in the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, and Comparative Political Studies.

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