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Resisting Backsliding

Resisting Backsliding
Opposition Strategies against the Erosion of Democracy

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  • Publication planned for: October 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009164078

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  • In the past two decades, democratically elected executives across the world have used their popularity to push for legislation that, over time, destroys systems of checks and balances, hinders free and fair elections, and undermines political rights and civil liberties. Using and abusing institutions and institutional reform, some executives have transformed their countries' democracies into competitive authoritarian regimes. Others, however, have failed to erode democracy. What explains these different outcomes? Resisting Backsliding answers this question. With a focus on the cases of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and Alvaro Uribe in Colombia, the book shows that the strategies and goals of the opposition are key to understanding why some executives successfully erode democracy and others do not. By highlighting the role of the opposition, this book emphasizes the importance of agency for understanding democratic backsliding and shows that even weak oppositions can defeat strong potential autocrats.

    • Introduces an original theory on strategies against the erosion of democracy
    • Includes detailed, easy to read accounts of the successful and unsuccessful process of democratic erosion in Colombia and Venezuela
    • Introduces two original datasets on the rise of potential autocrats and the legislative process in Venezuela between 2000 and 2010
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009164078
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2, Opposition Strategies Against the Erosion of Democracy, 3, Electing Leaders with Hegemonic Aspirations
    4, 'Chávez Vete Ya': The Erosion of Democracy in Venezuela
    5, Preventing the Erosion of Democracy in Colombia
    6, Opposition Strategies Elsewhere
    7, Conclusion.

  • Author

    Laura Gamboa, University of Utah
    Laura Gamboa is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. Her research focuses on regime change, institutions and voting behavior in Latin America.

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