Informal Institutions and Democracy by Gretchen Helmke
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Informal Institutions and Democracy
By Gretchen Helmke

Informal Institutions and Democracy

Lessons from Latin America

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Informal Institutions and Democracy by Gretchen Helmke

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This volume analyzes the function of informal institutions in Latin America and how they support or weaken democratic governance. Drawing from a wide range of examples-including the Mexican dedazo, clientelism in Brazil, legislative "ghost coalitions" in Ecuador, and elite power-sharing in Chile-the contributors examine how informal rules shape the performance of state and democratic institutions, offering fresh and timely insights into contemporary problems of governability, "unrule of law," and the absence of effective representation, participation, and accountability in Latin America. The editors present this analysis within a fourfold conceptual framework: complementary institutions, which fill gaps in formal rules or enhance their efficacy; accommodative informal institutions, which blunt the effects of dysfunctional formal institutions; competing informal institutions, which directly subvert the formal rules; and substitutive informal institutions, which replace ineffective formal institutions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801883521
ISBN-10: 0801883520
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gretchen Helmke

Gretchen Helmke is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester. Steven Levitsky is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University.

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