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The politics of coalition rule in Colombia /
Jonathan Hartlyn.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
description
xvii, 332 p. : map. --
ISBN
0521340551
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
isbn
0521340551
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2651826
 
Bibliography: p. 293-318.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-04:
In recent years Colombia has attracted attention largely as a result of its vast drug industry, which has so seriously aggravated narcotics problems internationally. Far less-well known, however, is the unique political system introduced in 1958 following the ouster of a military dictator. This has provided a grand coalition whereby the Liberal and Conservative parties have reduced partisan strife while assuring continuing elite control of society and the economy. Hartlyn analyzes the system at length, assessing the long range political implications and also examining the economic performance of successive governments. He frames this study of the so-called Frente Nacional (National Front) within the theoretical literature of consociationalism. The concept itself is subject to varying interpretations and sharp debate, which will be further fueled rather than resolved by this application to Colombian politics. Be that as it may, the book constitutes an authoritative treatment of the formalistic democracy that has characterized the country for three decades. The bibliography is excellent and the notes are extensive. An excellent companion piece to Robert H. Dix's The Politics of Colombia (CH, Apr '87). For graduate students and faculty. -J. D. Martz, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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From 1958 to 1986, Colombian politics were characterised by a series of coalition governments. This book analyses the historical antecedents, establishment and subsequent evolution of the political regime created in 1958. For most of this period, the country was governed by a National Front power-sharing system between the Conservatives and the Liberals, the country's two major parties.
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From 1958 to 1986, Colombian politics were characterised by a series of coalition governments. This book analyses the historical antecedents, establishment and subsequent evolution of the political regime created in 1958. For most of this period, the country was governed by a National Front power-sharing system between the Conservatives and the Liberals, the country's two major parties. This system was initially established to prevent a return to the intense violence between the parties that had earlier led to a political breakdown and military rule. In crucial respects, the Colombian governing arrangement was similar to a number of other cases of coalition governments (termed consociational democracies), to which it is compared in the book.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Political parties and consociational practices in Colombia: a selective history
The establishment of the National Front
The National Front political regime: an introduction
Economic policy-making: thwarted reformism and moderation
Political support: elections, brokerage and popular sector organisations
Toward the dismantling of coalition rule: exclusion or reform?
Consociationalism and political conflict in comparative perspective
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