Spanish and Latin American transitions to democracy

Carlos H. Waisman (Editor), Raanan Rein (Editor)

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This volume compares the Spanish and Latin American “double transitions” to liberal democracy and an open-market economy. Spain’s transitions in the 1960s–1980s have become the paradigmatic case of successful institutional transformation, and thus the standard for the evaluation of the economic and political change in Latin America and Central/Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Even though most Latin American countries have transformed their economies and polities in recent decades, and the outcomes of this transformation have been variable, few of these countries have so far established solid liberal democracies and dynamic open economies.

The essays in this book, written by distinguished specialists, examine the different trajectories in Spain and several nations in Latin America, and seek to explain the different outcomes. In the large recent literature on transitions, this is the first systematic comparison between Spain and the Latin American cases.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrighton; Portland
PublisherSussex Academic Press
Number of pages246
ISBN (Print)1903900735, 9781903900734, 9781845191368
StatePublished - 2005

ULI Keywords

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  • Democratization -- Latin America
  • Democratization -- Spain
  • Latin America -- Economic conditions -- 1982-
  • Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1980-
  • Spain -- Economic conditions -- 1975-
  • Spain -- Politics and government -- 1975-
  • דמוקרטיזציה -- אמריקה הלטינית
  • الدمقرطة -- أمريكا اللاتينية
  • אמריקה הלטינית -- מצב כלכלי -- 1982-
  • أمريكا اللاتينية -- الأحوال الاقتصادية -- 1982-
  • אמריקה הלטינית -- פוליטיקה וממשל -- 1980-
  • أمريكا اللاتينية -- السياسة والحكم -- 1980-


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