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Political Survival: Politicians And Public Policy In Latin America
Political Survival: Politicians And Public Policy In Latin America
By Barry Ames
University of California Press, 1987, 286 pp

This well-researched study, focused primarily on Brazil from 1945 to 1964 and during the more recent period of abertura (political opening) since 1974, analyzes how Latin American politicians use short-term spending strategies to create civilian coalitions and avoid military coups, leaving inflation and mounting debt as problems for the next administration.