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The Right And Democracy In Latin America
The Right And Democracy In Latin America
Edited by Douglas A. Chalmers, Maria do Carmo Campello de So
Praeger, 1992, 336 pp

Fifteen chapters, ten of them by Latin American scholars, explore the changing identity and character, strategies and behavior, political role and impact of the Latin American right and examine the impact of the right on Latin America's transitions from authoritarian rule and on the prospects for consolidating democratic governance. It is too early to be sure whether the Latin American right's current devotion to democratic procedures is tactical and temporary or represents a fundamental and permanent shift, but an underlying premise of this book, as one author makes explicit, is that "one way we might help to make that shift more permanent is to study it objectively and help people understand it." An important introduction to an understudied topic.