Mandates and Democracy by Susan C. Stokes
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Mandates and Democracy
By Susan C. Stokes

Mandates and Democracy

Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America

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Mandates and Democracy by Susan C. Stokes

Book Awards

  • Winner of American Political Science Association: George H. Hallett Award 2016.
  • Winner of American Political Science Association Comparative Democratization Section Best Book Award 2003.
  • Joint winner for Society for Comparative Research Mattei Dogan Award 2002.

Book Description

Sometimes 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521801188
ISBN-10: 0521801184
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics by Susan C. Stokes Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, Paperback (July 2009)

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Public Support for Market Reforms in New Democracies by Susan C. Stokes Public Support for Market Reforms in New Democracies, Paperback (September 2001)

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