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Democratization, development, and legality : Chile, 1831-1973 /
Julio Faundez.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
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xii, 281 p.
ISBN
1403984069 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
isbn
1403984069 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
6267520
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-07-01:
The evolution of Chile's government institutions is the subject of this richly researched and carefully argued study. Faundez (law, Warwick Univ., UK) revisits the political history of Chile to 1973, and demonstrates the significance of legal ideology and legal institutions even as those institutions adjust to various stages of Chile's economic development. Faundez's focus is on the tight interplay of economic policies and political institutional outcomes as new social groups were gradually incorporated within the polity. Parties also played a role in this process, but apart from the Popular Front of the 1930s, there are serious turf battles making coalitions impossible. Faundez contrasts the Christian Democrats' communitarian approach to benefit marginal groups with Salvador Allende's Popular Unity drive to nationalize the "commanding heights" of the economy and the party's distrust of worker participation in these enterprises. The author focuses on the conflicted development of the comptroller general (contraloria), the various courts, and the Supreme Court. It is useful to see the early history of these tragic and ironic events to understand their political grounding. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division through professional collections. E. M. Dew Fairfield University
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"This book fills an important gap in our understanding of Chilean development. By putting law and the legal system at the forefront of his analysis, Julio Faundez offers a strikingly original account of a political system in which legality and the constitution played central roles in the shape and outcome of political and economic conflict from the early Independence period to the fall of the Popular Unity government in 1973. It offers a model for the exploration of the role of law in the development of other countries in Latin America." --Alan Angell, Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, and former Director, Latin American Centre, University of Oxford "This is an extremely valuable study that adds significantly to the understanding of the role of legal institutions in the political process in Latin American in general, and Chile in particular. Faundez employs a wide gamut of sources for an original perspective and approach that provides striking insight into the process of social change in Chile." --Joseph Thome, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Wisconsin
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This text traces the evolution of Chilean political and legal institutions by looking at the process of democratisation. As well as explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the political regime, the author shows the impact of legal institutions and legal ideology on the country's political development.
Main Description
This book traces the evolution of Chilean political and legal institutions by looking at the process of democratization. As well as explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the political regime, Faundez shows the impact of legal institutions and legal ideology on the country's political development.
Main Description
This book traces the evolution of Chilean political and legal institutions by looking at the process of democratization. As well as explaining the strengths and weaknesses of the political regime,& Faundez shows the impact of legal institutions and legal ideology& on the country's political development.
Table of Contents
Introduction
State Andregimebuilding
Building a Strong State
Political Liberalization and Civil War
Transition to a Modern State
Party Democracy
Relative Autonomy: Politics and Economics
Governance and Accountability
The Supreme Court
Radical Democracy
A Revolution in Liberty
A Peaceful Revolution
Legality Defeated
Concluding Comments
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