Mandates and Democracy

Mandates and Democracy

Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America

eBook - 2001
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"Sometimes politicians run for office promising one set of policies and then, if they win, they switch to very different ones. Latin American presidents in recent years have frequently run promising to avoid pro-market reforms and harsh economic adjustment, then win and transform immediately into enthusiastic market reformers. Does it matter when politicians ignore the promises they made and the preferences of their constituents? If politicians want to be reelected or see their party reelected at the end of their term, why would they impose unpopular policies? Susan Stokes explores questions of mandates, promises, and democratic theory in light of the Latin American experience. She develops a model of policy switches and tests it with statistical and qualitative data from Latin American elections over the last two decades. She concludes that politicians may change course because they believe that unpopular policies are best for constituents and hence also will best serve their own political ambitions. Nevertheless, even though good representatives will sometimes switch policies, abrupt changes of course tend to erode the quality of democracy."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
ISBN: 9786610430383
6610430381
9780511047572
0511047576
9780511612978
0511612974
9780511041433
0511041438
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xiii, 220 pages) : illustrations

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