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Authoritarians and Democrats: Regime Transition in Latin America
Authoritarians and Democrats: Regime Transition in Latin America
Edited by James M. Malloy and Mitchell Seligson
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987, 286 pp
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Attempting to fathom the dynamics and prospects of Latin American evolution, the authors of these essays conclude that "there is no unilinear tendency toward [either] democracy or authoritarian rule. Rather, the predominant pattern is cyclical, with alternating democratic and authoritarian 'movements'. . . . Both tendencies are rather strong." The treatment covers a wide geographical range and a broad diversity of examples. An interesting and helpful study.