State building and conflict resolution in Colombia, 1986-1994 /
Harvey F. Kline.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1999.
xviii, 240 p. : map
0817309438 (alk. paper)
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Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1999.
0817309438 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-231) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Harvey F. Kline is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Latin American Studies Program at The University of Alabama
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-12-01:
This is an extremely well-researched, well-written, and ultimately pessimistic view of attempts by two recent Colombian presidents to overcome myriad obstacles to state-building in that country. Kline (Univ. of Alabama) has drawn on extensive research and on years of involvement with Colombia to produce a book that has both theoretical impact and historical importance. Colombia, in common with other Latin American nations, has had to overcome historical, geographical, and social obstacles to the erection of a truly democratic society. In addition, Colombia almost uniquely faces myriad problems of guerrilla groups, a pervasive drug culture, and paramilitary groups, all of which operate with varying degrees of impunity. Kline analyzes attempts by Presidents Virgilio Barco (1986-90) and Cesar Gaviria (1990-94) to deal with these obstacles to democratic stability and to change the rules of the political game through constitutional reform. That both presidents ultimately failed in their attempts, and that their two successors have also failed to alter what one Colombian political scientist called the Hobbesian status quo, only validate Kline's pessimistic conclusions about the future of democratic state-building in Colombia. The lessons of this excellent, deeply felt book apply not only to Colombia but to attempts at democratic state building everywhere. Highly recommended for undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and research collections. E. A. Duff; Randolph-Macon Woman's College
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This volume documents the efforts of two Colombian presidents to reduce political violence and bring more stable governance to their country. Both Virgilio Barco Vargas and Cesar Gaviria Trujillo tried to end a variety of armed disturbances.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
List of Acronymsp. xvii
Introduction: Attempts at Conflict Resolution in Colombia, 1986-1994p. 1
The Historical Context for Bargaining: The Weak Colombian State and the Emergence of Oppositionp. 9
The Virgilio Barco Government, 1986-1990
Barco's Guerrilla Policyp. 33
Barco's Drug Policyp. 44
Self-Defense, Private Justice, and Paramilitary Groups: The Final Piece of the Jigsaw Puzzlep. 61
The Cesar Gaviria Government, 1990-1994
Negotiations between the Government and the Guerrilla Groupsp. 85
Gaviria's Drug Policyp. 119
The Gaviria Policy for Paramilitary Groupsp. 143
Changing the Colombian State: Constitutional and Judicial Reformsp. 154
Conclusion: Assessment of Successp. 184
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 233
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