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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin AmericaRethinking Participation and Representation$
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Douglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite, Scott B. Martin, Kerianne Piester, and Monique Segarra

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198781837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198781830.001.0001

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Participation, Inequality, and the Whereabouts of Democracy

Participation, Inequality, and the Whereabouts of Democracy

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(p.3) 1 Participation, Inequality, and the Whereabouts of Democracy
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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America
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Carlos M. Vilas

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198781830.003.0001

The articles in the book are set in the context of the ongoing debate over the conflict‐ridden and partial democracy that has emerged in the region, a democracy that tolerates military vetoes over policy, authoritarian educational systems, public insecurity, significant violence, and massive and increasing inequality. The chapters show the shift away from action by popular actors in the political realm in favour of the social one, from broad‐based movements to fragmentation, and a wide variety of experiments and adaptations in parties, unions, and other popular groups in the continuing struggle for popular representation.

Keywords:   depoliticization, inequality, internationalization, limited democracy, new identities, political fragmentation, popular political action

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