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Peru: The Evolution of a Crisis (Politics in Latin America)

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This volume gives specialists and students alike a comprehensive political history of Peru that includes the first full-length treatment of the 1980s, a decade in which early optimism sparked by the return of democratic rule gave way to widespread pessimism amidst a full-blown social, economic, and political crisis. Discussed are Peru's return to democracy in the 1980s and the multiple challenges that process has faced. The study traces the growth of the Sendero Luminoso insurgency; the economic collapse that brought Peru hyperinflation coupled with its deepest depression of the twentieth century; and the evolution of the electoral political system that brought Alberto Fujimori, a political novice, to the presidency in 1990.

Many of the key causes of Peru's contemporary crisis--foreign debt, fiscal irresponsibility, desgobierno (erratic, inappropriate, or incompetent behavior on the part of the government), and the centralization of governmental authority--have been recurrent themes in Peruvian history since at least the early republican period. The profound social divisions within Peru's population, which constitute the principal cause of la crisis, have persisted even longer. A number of these divisions have broken down, however; in this development, the author sees cause for optimism in the midst of crisis. Latin American specialists, Peru watchers, advanced students in comparative politics, journalists, and anyone interested in the far-reaching changes occurring in Latin America will find this book useful and compelling.

Synopsis:

This book gives specialists and students alike a comprehensive political history of Peru that includes the first full-length treatment of the 1980s, a decade in which early optimism sparked by the return of democratic rule gave way to widespread pessimism amidst a full-blown social, economic, and political crisis. Discussed are Peru's return to democracy in the 1980s and the multiple challenges that process has faced. The study traces the growth of the Sendero Luminoso insurgency; the economic collapse that brought Peru hyperinflation coupled with its deepest depression of the twentieth century; and the evolution of the electoral political system that brought Alberto Fujimori, a political novice, to the presidency in 1990.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [153]-161) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Geographic and Demographic Setting

The Years Before 1919

The Evolution of the Modern Political System: 1919-1968

Military Reformism: 1968-1980

The Belaunde Reprise: 1980-1985

Alan Garcia Perez at the Height of His Power: 1985-1987

The Decline of Alan Garcia Perez: 1987-1989

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780275941819
Author:
Rudolph, James D.
Publisher:
Praeger
Author:
Rudolph, James
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Foreign Legal Systems
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Peru
Subject:
Peru Economic conditions 1918-
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
World History-South America
Series:
Politics in Latin America
Series Volume:
9395
Publication Date:
19920731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
40 in.

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"Synopsis" by , This book gives specialists and students alike a comprehensive political history of Peru that includes the first full-length treatment of the 1980s, a decade in which early optimism sparked by the return of democratic rule gave way to widespread pessimism amidst a full-blown social, economic, and political crisis. Discussed are Peru's return to democracy in the 1980s and the multiple challenges that process has faced. The study traces the growth of the Sendero Luminoso insurgency; the economic collapse that brought Peru hyperinflation coupled with its deepest depression of the twentieth century; and the evolution of the electoral political system that brought Alberto Fujimori, a political novice, to the presidency in 1990.
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