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Party Politics in New Democracies$
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Paul Webb and Stephen White

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289653.001.0001

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‘Que se Vayan Todos!’

‘Que se Vayan Todos!’

The Struggle for Democratic Party Politics in Contemporary Argentina

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Party Politics in New Democracies

Celia Szusterman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines party politics in Argentina, in particular, the breakdown of trust between citizens and political parties. Topics discussed include the political legitimacy, organizational strength, and role of political parties in the process of government. The slogan, ‘Que se vayan todos!’ reflects the middle-class frustration with the inability of politicians to understand changes in the political culture that had taken place in Argentina since 1983. At the core of those changes is the unprecedented mobilization of civil society behind the banners of the human rights movement. Since 2002, an attempt to explain the breakdown of trust between citizens and parties has given rise to a further question: how is it that the widespread repudiation of politicians in 2002 did not result in the collapse of the party system as such, and the emergence of old-style populist leadership via extra-institutional actors, as in Venezuela, Peru, or Ecuador?

Keywords:   Argentina, political parties, party system, party politics, Que se vayan todos, political culture

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