Fujimori's Coup and the Breakdown of Democracy in Latin America
by Charles D. Kenney
University of Notre Dame Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-268-03171-8 | Paper: 978-0-268-03172-5 | eISBN: 978-0-268-08471-4
Library of Congress Classification JL3481.K38 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 985.06/43

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
“Charles Kenney has a sophisticated knowledge of his subject. He has the ability to bring his readers along and to immerse them in the fascinating developments of late twentieth-century politics in Peru.” —Henry Dietz, University of Texas, Austin
 
Much as Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 coup in Chile stood as a symbol of the challenges of an earlier period, Alberto Fujimori’s 1992 presidential coup became a symbol of the present challenges of democratization in Latin America and the world. In this authoritative book, Charles D. Kenney explores why and how democracy broke down in Peru in 1992. His analysis of Peruvian politics sheds light on the problems of democratic stability in new democracies and points to strategies for preventing future failures in other countries.
 
Kenney’s central argument is that institutional factors—especially the absence of a legislative majority—played a crucial role in the collapse of democracy in Peru in 1992 and throughout Latin America over the last forty years. This argument, which is theoretically and politically controversial in the case of Peru, is examined alongside alternative explanations of Fujimori’s coup. Kenney tests the Peruvian case study in a cross-national assessment of democratic breakdowns in Latin America since 1960. Containing a unique compilation of original quantitative data, Fujimori’s Coup and the Breakdown of Democracy in Latin America is the only book-length study to treat this subject. Kenney’s findings will be important for political scientists, scholars of Latin America, and policy makers.
 
 
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Charles d. Kenney is assistant professor of comparative and Latin American politics at the University of Oklahoma.
REVIEWS
“Charles Kenney's book, Fujimori's Coup and the Breakdown of Democracy in Latin America, exemplifies the value of this kind of study. Few recent works provide such an extensive, detailed account of political developments during the Fujimori presidency. The strength of Kenney's book lies in its extraordinary amount of original data and research. Students of Peru will find the chapters of detailed chronology extremely useful. As scholars, we can facilitate movement toward democratic development through systematic research such as that achieved by… Kenney.”
— Latin American Research Review

". . . This is the most comprehensive study of the controversial Fujimori presidency in Peru (1999-2000) and its many ramifications. This genuine academic study includes 46 pages of detailed notes and 15 pages of works cited. There is a superb index, and charts enhance the book. Highly recommended."
— Choice

"This is the best book in English or Spanish on Alberto Fujimori's rise to the Peruvian presidency and his turn to authoritarianism. The book is theoretically engaged, driven by a keen intellect, and well written. I found Kenney's comparative analysis to be the richest and most insightful treatment of the topic in the literature."
— The Americas

"This book is invaluable in many ways. Most obviously, it is the definitive analysis of Fujimori's coup. but it also provides a useful political history of Peru through 1992. More generally, it assesses and speaks to various key issues of comparative politics: the effects of weak party-system institutionalisation, the comparative powers of presidencies, both constitutional and partisan, and the causes of democratic breakdowns. It is thus a must-read for all those interested in any of these topics."
— Political Studies Review

TABLE OF CONTENTS
    CONTENTS
    List of Tables and Figures
    Acknowledgments
    List of Abbreviations
    CHAPTER		page
    1	THE QUESTION OF DEMOCRATIC BREAKDOWN: 
    HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE CONTEXTS	0
    2	Democracy, Violence, and Economic Crises in the 1980s	0
    3	THE COLLAPSE OF THE PARTY SYSTEM
    AND THE RISE OF FUJIMORI 	0
    4	THE POWERS OF THE PERUVIAN PRESIDENCY, DANGEROUS INFLUENCES, AND FUJIMORI'S CRITICAL CHOICES	0
    5	THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS: COOPERATION AND CONFLICT (JULY 1990 TO NOVEMBER 1991)	0
    6	FUJIMORI VERSUS CONGRESS AND THE COUP
    (NOVEMBER 1991 TO APRIL 1992)	0
    7
    	INTERPRETATIONS OF THE AUTOGOLPE	0
    8	MINORITY PRESIDENCIES AND THE BREAKDOWN OF DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA	
    Notes
    Works Cited
    Index
     

    Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Peru Politics and government 1980-Fujimori, Alberto, Democracy Peru, Democracy Latin America

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