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Author Van Dyck, Brandon, author

Title Democracy against parties the divergent fates of Latin America's New Left contenders / Brandon Van Dyck
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2021]


Description 1 online resource
Series Pitt Latin American series
Pitt Latin American series.
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- Introduction: The Divergent Fates of Latin America's New Left Contenders -- Chapter 1: Democracy against Parties: Why Some New Parties Collapse and Others Survive -- Chapter 2: The Electoral Collapse of Argentina's FREPASO -- Chapter 3: The Fatal Schism of Peru's United Left -- Chapter 4: The Survival of Brazil's Workers' Party -- Chapter 5: The Survival of Mexico's Party of the Democratic Revolution -- Chapter 6: Shadow Cases -- Conclusion: Alternative Paths and Theoretical Implications -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Around the world, established parties are weakening, and new parties are failing to take root. In many cases, outsiders have risen and filled the void, posing a threat to democracy. Why do most new parties fail? Under what conditions do they survive and become long-term electoral fixtures? Brandon Van Dyck investigates these questions in the context of the contemporary Latin American left. He argues that stable parties are not an outgrowth of democracy. On the contrary, contemporary democracy impedes successful party building. To construct a durable party, elites must invest time and labor, and they must share power with activists. Because today's elites have access to party substitutes like mass media, they can win votes without making such sacrifices in time, labor, and autonomy. Only under conditions of soft authoritarianism do office-seeking elites have a strong electoral incentive to invest in party building. Van Dyck illustrates this argument through a comparative analysis of four new left parties in Latin America: two that collapsed and two that survived"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Frepaso.
Izquierda Unida (Political party : Peru)
Partido dos Trabalhadores (Brazil)
Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Mexico)
Izquierda Unida (Political party : Peru)
Partido de la Revolución Democrática (Mexico)
Partido dos Trabalhadores (Brazil)
Political parties -- Latin America
Political parties -- Latin America -- Case studies
New Left -- Latin America
New Left -- Latin America -- Case studies
New Left
Political parties
Politics and government
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 21st century -- Case studies
Latin America
Genre/Form Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780822988533