Issues In Democratic Consolidation

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Issues In Democratic Consolidation

Edited by Scott Mainwaring, Guillermo A. O'Donnell and J. Sa
University of Notre Dame Press, 1992
384 pp. $42.95
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Seven leading scholars, all associated with Notre Dame's Kellogg Institute for International Studies, have contributed to this path-breaking symposium volume on the second stage of South America's contemporary transitions toward democratic governance. They emphasize the enormous difficulties of consolidating democratic practice, arising from vast social inequalities, the lingering strength of antidemocratic groups and forces, continuities of political actors and prevalent styles from the authoritarian period, weak political institutions and recalcitrant military leaders. But the book's fundamental animus is that democratic governance can be achieved and that independent scholarly critiques can contribute to its nurturing.