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Latin American Perspectives Series #15: State and Society in the Dominican Republic

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This book offers an analysis of the formation of the Dominican state and explores the development of state-society relations since the late nineteenth century. Emelio Betances argues that the groundwork for the establishment of a modern state was laid during the regimes of Ulises Heureaux and Ramón Cáceres. The U.S. military government that followed later expanded and strengthened political and administrative centralization. Between 1886 and 1924, these administrations opened the sugar industry to foreign capital investment, integrated Dominican finance into the international credit system, and expanded the role of the military. State expansion, however, was not accompanied by a strengthening of the social and economic base of national elites. Betances suggests that the imbalance between a strong state and a weak civil society provided the structural framework for the emergence in 1930 of the long-lived Trujillo dictatorship.Examining the links between Trujillo and current caudillo Joaquín Balaguer, the author traces continuities and discontinuities in economic and political development through a study of import substitution programs, the reemergence of new economic groups, and the use of the military to counter threats to the status quo. Finally, he explores the impact of foreign intervention and socioeconomic change on the process of state and class formation since 1961.

Synopsis:

This book analyzes the formation of the Dominican state and explores the development of state-society relations since the late nineteenth century. Emelio Betances argues that initial state expansion occurred between 1886 and 1924, as governments opened the economy to foreign capital, entered the international credit system, and extended the role of the military. During this period, however, the social and economic base of national elites was not strengthened, creating an imbalance in state-society relations that provided the structural framework for the emergence of the Trujillo dictatorship. The author also explores the impact of foreign intervention and socioeconomic change on the process of state and class formation since 1961.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 141-150) and index.

About the Author

Emelio Betances is associate professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Gettysburg College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813386829
Foreword:
Spalding, Hobart A.
Publisher:
Westview Press
Foreword by:
Spalding, Hobart A.
Foreword:
Spalding, Hobart A.
Author:
Betances, Emelio
Location:
Boulder, Colo. :
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
History, theory and practice
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Dominican Republic
Subject:
Dominican Republic Politics and government.
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin American Perspectives Series
Series Volume:
Nr. 4329no. 15
Publication Date:
19950631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 10.5 oz

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This book analyzes the formation of the Dominican state and explores the development of state-society relations since the late nineteenth century. Emelio Betances argues that initial state expansion occurred between 1886 and 1924, as governments opened the economy to foreign capital, entered the international credit system, and extended the role of the military. During this period, however, the social and economic base of national elites was not strengthened, creating an imbalance in state-society relations that provided the structural framework for the emergence of the Trujillo dictatorship. The author also explores the impact of foreign intervention and socioeconomic change on the process of state and class formation since 1961.
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