Oligarchy in the Americas

Comparing Oligarchic Rule in Latin America and the United States

Authors: Foweraker, Joe

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  • Interdisciplinary appeal to scholars in comparative politics, areas studies, American politics, Latin American politics, and political theory
  • Offers a unique interpretation of Latin American and US politics that highlights the persistent role of concentrated economic power and patrimonialism
  • Considers the continuity of oligarchic rule and its compatibility with democratic government
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This book explores the continuity of oligarchic rule in the Americas of the modern period, with a focus on the variable compatibility of oligarchic rule and democratic government. This focus sets the terms for a comparative inquiry that creates a novel perspective on the politics of Latin America and the United States alike. The continuity depends on the formation of a patrimonial State and a porous division between oligarchic interests and the public sphere of democratic politics; but it also depends on a capacity to adapt and change, and these changes are marked by successive and distinctive modes of rule in both Latin America and the United States. The book concludes with a description and comparison of the sequences and political characteristics of these modes of rule and discovers a recent and remarkable convergence of oligarchic rule in the Americas.

About the authors

Joe Foweraker is Emeritus Fellow at St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford, and Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the former Professor of Latin American Politics and Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Areas Studies at the University of Oxford, and author of Polity: Demystifying Democracy in Latin America and Beyond (2018).

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‘This is an engaging and thoughtful book that addresses the most central issues in the study of contemporary politics and offers a new interpretation of the politics of the Americas that highlights the persistence of oligarchic power and patrimonialism. Joe Foweraker draws on his considerable knowledge of the Americas and his capacity for elaborating big ideas to push our thinking forward. There is no book quite like this in terms of topic and scope’.

Gerardo L. Munck, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California, USA

 

‘This book offers a bold and compelling effort to compare the politics of Latin America and the United States within a single theoretical framework, effectively challenging the claim to American exceptionalism and the superiority of its democracy. Foweraker draws evidence from major works on political development, past and present, to deliver a lucid interpretation of what ails democracy in the Americas, both North and South. His diagnosis demonstrates the power of his explanatory framework’.

Evelyne Huber, Morehead Alumni Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina, USA

 

‘Is the USA developing into an exclusionary oligarchy resembling the longstanding pattern prevalent in Latin America? In this brilliantly iconoclastic book, Joe Foweraker provides convincing evidence that in the USA the tensions between the inclusivity that comes from democratic control and the exclusivity that is the hallmark of oligarchy have been moving inexorably in favour of the latter. As in Latin America, US democracy is often little more than a veneer overlaying exploitative oligarchic power’.

David McKay, Emeritus Professor of American Government, University of Essex, UK


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oligarchy in the Americas
Book Subtitle
Comparing Oligarchic Rule in Latin America and the United States
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63146-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63146-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63145-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 126
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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