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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America
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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation

Douglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite, Scott B. Martin, Kerianne Piester, and Monique Segarra

Abstract

Almost all agree that political systems in Latin America underwent a transformation in the 1980s. The usual quick description of this change was ‘democratization’. But whether one takes an optimistic or a pessimistic view of the level of democracy that was achieved, one thing was sure—the traditional forms of participation by, and representation of, the poor, the working population, and others structurally disadvantaged had changed. The chapters examine the labour organizations, political parties, indigenous and environmental groups that have emerged, sometimes amidst new forms of violence. Ot ... More

Keywords: democracy, labour unions, NGOs, participation, Popular mobilization, popular representation, social programmes, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198781837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198781830.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas A. Chalmers, editor
Columbia University
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Carlos M. Vilas, editor
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Katherine Hite, editor
Columbia University
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Contents

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Introduction

Part I Traditional Actors, New Settings

Part II Searching for New Forms of Participation

Part III The Stubbornness of Violence

Part IV Dilemmas of a Social Democratic Project

Part V Reconstructing Representation

Conclusion

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