Mandates and Democracy
Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America
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Mandates and Democracy by Susan C. Stokes
Book DescriptionSometimes politicians run for office promising one set of policies, and if they win, 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 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 policies because unpopular policies are best for constituents and best serve their own political ambitions. Nevertheless, even though good representatives sometimes switch policies, abrupt change tends to erode the quality of democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521801188
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susan C. Stokes
Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism, Hardback (September 2013)
Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism studies distributive politics: how parties and governments use material resources to win elections.
Political Representation, Paperback (January 2010)
Draws from political science, history, political theory, economics, and anthropology to answer the most important questions about political representation.
Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, Paperback (July 2009)
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics offers a critical survey of the field of empirical political science through the collection of a set of chapters written by 48 top scholars in the discipline of comparative politics.
Public Support for Market Reforms in New Democracies, Paperback (September 2001)» View all books by Susan C. Stokes
The authors probe support for governments and economic reforms under changing economic conditions.
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