Democratization by Institutions: Argentina's Transition Years in Comparative Perspective

Leslie E. Anderson

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Synopsis: In this pioneering study of democratization in Argentina, Leslie Andersonchallenges Robert Putnam's thesis that democracy requires high levels ofsocial capital. She demonstrates in Democratization by Institutions thatformal institutions (e.g., the executive, the legislature, the courts) canserve not only as operational parts within democracy but as the drivingforce toward democracy. As Anderson astutely observes, the American founders debated themerits of the institutions they were creating. Examining how, andhow well, Argentina's American-style institutional structure functions,she considers the advantages and risks of the separation of powers,checks and balances, legislative policymaking, and strong presidentialpower. During the democratic transition, the Argentinian state has usedinstitutions to address immediate policy challenges in ways responsive tocitizens and thereby to provide a supportive environment in which socialcapital can develop. By highlighting the role that institutions can play in leading a nationout of authoritarianism, even when social capital is low, Andersonbegins a new conversation about the possibilities of democratization.Democratization by Institutions has much to say not only to LatinAmericanists and scholars of democratization but also to those interestedin the U.S. constitutional structure and its application in other parts of theworld.

Review: "Anderson provides fascinating and useful comparisons to the role of the president in the United States and introduces a number of ideas from political theory to help explain the power and breadth of the role of the executive in a presidential system. Argentina is an important and fascinating case in democratization, and much of the empirical evidence presented here is novel and interesting."
--Kirk Bowman, Georgia Tech University
"This is an original, well-researched book that provides new information on democratization. This is quite an achievement given the complexity and nuances of Anderson's findings about how democratic institutions can both help and hinder democratization."
--Mary Corcoran, University of Michigan

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