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Squatters and Oligarchs: Authoritarian Rule and Policy Change in Peru
Squatters and Oligarchs: Authoritarian Rule and Policy Change in Peru
By David Collier
Johns Hopkins, 1976, 187 pp.

Travellers arriving in Lima who are depressed and disillusioned by the dismal squatter communities rimming the city will be fascinated by this analysis of their function as safety valve, providing free land, rent, etc., and as a bridge to the national political structure. Serving such important needs, they receive elite and state support which is "essential though often covert."