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The Resource Audacious reforms : institutional invention and democracy in Latin America, Merilee S. Grindle

Audacious reforms : institutional invention and democracy in Latin America, Merilee S. Grindle

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Audacious reforms : institutional invention and democracy in Latin America
Title
Audacious reforms
Title remainder
institutional invention and democracy in Latin America
Statement of responsibility
Merilee S. Grindle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Audacious Reforms examines the creation of new political institutions in three Latin American countries: direct elections for governors and mayors in Venezuela, radical municipalization in Bolivia, and direct election of the mayor of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Diverging from the usual incremental processes of political change, these cases marked a significant departure from traditional centralized governments. Such "audacious reforms," explains Merilee S. Grindle, reinvent the ways in which public problems are manifested and resolved, the ways in which political actors calculate the costs and benefits of their activities, and the ways in which social groups relate to the political process. Grindle considers three central questions: Why would rational politicians choose to give up power? What accounts for the selection of some institutions rather than others? And how does the introduction of new institutions alter the nature of political actions? The case studies of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Argentina demonstrate that institutional invention must be understood from theoretical perspectives that stretch beyond immediate concerns about electoral gains and political support building. Broader theoretical perspectives on the definition of nation and state, the nature of political contests, the legitimacy of political systems, and the role of elites all must be considered. While past conflicts are not erased by reforms, in the new order there is often greater potential for more responsible, accountable, and democratic government
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digitized
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Grindle, Merilee Serrill
Dewey number
320.98
Index
index present
LC call number
JS2061
LC item number
.G73 2000eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Local elections
  • Decentralization in government
  • Central-local government relations
  • Democracy
  • Political participation
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Central-local government relations
  • Decentralization in government
  • Democracy
  • Local elections
  • Political participation
  • Latin America
  • Decentralisatie
  • Lokaal bestuur
  • Democratie
Label
Audacious reforms : institutional invention and democracy in Latin America, Merilee S. Grindle
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-262) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Audacious reforms : democratizing Latin America -- 2. Explaining the unexpected -- 3. Institutional invention in Venezuela : legitimizing the system -- 4. New rules of the game : consequences of change in Venezuela -- 5. Political engineering in Bolivia : the law for popular participation -- 6. A new conundrum : national-local politics in Bolivia -- 7. Pacting institutional change in Argentina -- 8. Waiting for Godot? constitutional change in Argentine practice -- 9. Democratizing reforms : origins and consequences
Control code
51493792
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 269 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801877889
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780801864216
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51493792
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Audacious reforms : institutional invention and democracy in Latin America, Merilee S. Grindle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-262) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Audacious reforms : democratizing Latin America -- 2. Explaining the unexpected -- 3. Institutional invention in Venezuela : legitimizing the system -- 4. New rules of the game : consequences of change in Venezuela -- 5. Political engineering in Bolivia : the law for popular participation -- 6. A new conundrum : national-local politics in Bolivia -- 7. Pacting institutional change in Argentina -- 8. Waiting for Godot? constitutional change in Argentine practice -- 9. Democratizing reforms : origins and consequences
Control code
51493792
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 269 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801877889
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9780801864216
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51493792
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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