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Strong parties and lame ducks : presidential partyarchy and factionalism in Venezuela, Michael Coppedge

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Strong parties and lame ducks : presidential partyarchy and factionalism in Venezuela
Title
Strong parties and lame ducks
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presidential partyarchy and factionalism in Venezuela
Statement of responsibility
Michael Coppedge
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Language
eng
Summary
This bold and comprehensive reassessment of democracy in Venezuela explains why one of the oldest and most admired democracies in Latin America has become fragile after more than three decades of apparent stability. The Venezuelan crisis is puzzling because Venezuela has held competitive elections since 1958; it has the fastest-growing economy in the region and a declining inflation rate; the military has not meddled in politics since 1962; there is no guerrilla insurgency; and drug trafficking has only begun to make an appearance. The author locates the causes of Venezuela's current problems in two political institutions. The first is partidocracia, or partyarchy. Venezuelan political parties monopolize the electoral process, dominate the legislative process, and block many of the informal channels of representation, such as interest groups, the media, the courts, and independent opinion leaders. The second cause is presidentialism, a system marked by frequent standoffs between the executive and the legislature that severely limit the president's ability to function effectively and that encourage opposition parties to frustrate the president in an effort to improve their own chances in future elections. Highlighting parallels and contrasts with other countries in Latin America and the industrialized world, the author places Venezuelan democracy in a truly comparative context for the first time, in the process revealing that Venezuela has had the most extreme partyarchy in the non-communist world. The combination of partyarchy and presidentialism has induced a cyclical pattern of factional struggles within the governing parties that has rendered them incapable of channeling popular demands between elections and has tarnished their image during campaigns. The author shows that though partyarchy initially helped democracy survive in Venezuela by giving a handful of party leaders great authority to manage crises and prevent mass disturbances, it also limited accountability and stifled meaningful popular participation, which ultimately eroded the legitimacy of the democratic regime. Partyarchy also made the executive-legislative stalemates and constitutional crises typical of presidential systems more likely and more intractable. The author supports his conclusions with evidence from his rigorous survey of 80 top leaders of the governing party, as well as from historical analysis, a multivariate model of Venezuelan elections, and more than a year of personal observation of party activities
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1957-
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Coppedge, Michael
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Political parties
  • Venezuela
  • Venezuela
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Strong parties and lame ducks : presidential partyarchy and factionalism in Venezuela, Michael Coppedge
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-234) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Presidential Partyarchy and Accion Democratica. Views of Venezuelan Democracy. Characteristics of AD and Its Leadership -- 2. Polyarchy and Partyarchy. Partyarchy in Venezuela. The Pros and Cons of Partyarchy -- 3. Polyarchy and Intraparty Politics. Three Parties in One. The Irrationality of Division in the Electoral Party -- 4. The Policy Party. Executives and Their Parties. The Policy Party During the Lusinchi Government. The Area of Consensus. Areas of Disagreement. Ideas vs. Actions -- Labor Leaders. Ideas and Actions -- Politicians. Lusinchi's Popularity -- 5. The Power Party. Opposition Unites, Governing Divides. Ins and Outs. The Five-Year Cycle. Fluid Factions. The Bandwagon Mentality. The Outs' Advantage. Why Ins and Outs Come into Conflict -- 6. Policy and Power Struggles. Factions and Principle During the Lusinchi Government. Factions and Self-Interest During the Lusinchi Government. Self-Interest and Principle in AD's History. The Destruction of Principled Factionalism
  • 7. Strengths and Weaknesses of Venezuelan Democracy. Strong Parties and Lame Ducks. Reforming Presidential Partyarchy. Venezuelan Presidential Partyarchy in Comparative Perspective -- Appendix: Estimating the Electoral Costs of Factionalism
Control code
28963691
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 241 pages
Isbn
9780804722780
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1610141
Label
Strong parties and lame ducks : presidential partyarchy and factionalism in Venezuela, Michael Coppedge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-234) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Presidential Partyarchy and Accion Democratica. Views of Venezuelan Democracy. Characteristics of AD and Its Leadership -- 2. Polyarchy and Partyarchy. Partyarchy in Venezuela. The Pros and Cons of Partyarchy -- 3. Polyarchy and Intraparty Politics. Three Parties in One. The Irrationality of Division in the Electoral Party -- 4. The Policy Party. Executives and Their Parties. The Policy Party During the Lusinchi Government. The Area of Consensus. Areas of Disagreement. Ideas vs. Actions -- Labor Leaders. Ideas and Actions -- Politicians. Lusinchi's Popularity -- 5. The Power Party. Opposition Unites, Governing Divides. Ins and Outs. The Five-Year Cycle. Fluid Factions. The Bandwagon Mentality. The Outs' Advantage. Why Ins and Outs Come into Conflict -- 6. Policy and Power Struggles. Factions and Principle During the Lusinchi Government. Factions and Self-Interest During the Lusinchi Government. Self-Interest and Principle in AD's History. The Destruction of Principled Factionalism
  • 7. Strengths and Weaknesses of Venezuelan Democracy. Strong Parties and Lame Ducks. Reforming Presidential Partyarchy. Venezuelan Presidential Partyarchy in Comparative Perspective -- Appendix: Estimating the Electoral Costs of Factionalism
Control code
28963691
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 241 pages
Isbn
9780804722780
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1610141

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