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By Agustina Giraudy

Even though Latin American international locations have transitioned to democracy, many voters dwelling in peripheral areas proceed to dwell below undemocratic rule. Democrats and Autocrats reports the life of subnational undemocratic regimes (SURs) along nationwide democratic regimes. in particular it solutions the next questions: Why do SURs live on regardless of nationwide democratization? Why perform a little subnational autocrats and SURs be successful regardless of presidents' recommendations to weaken SURs? Why do democratic presidents aid a few autocrats and SURs, even if they're from the competition? less than what stipulations do democratically elected presidents recommend or wrestle (opposition and/or copartisan) autocrats and SURs?
Contrary to standard knowledge, the ebook argues that there are a number of pathways for SURs replica inside democratic nations. those pathways, in flip, are made up our minds by way of a selected blend of intergovernmental interactions, all of that are formed by means of institutional and financial nationwide and subnational variables.
The clarification of SUR continuity complex during this e-book is verified in modern Argentina and Mexico utilizing a multi-method process. either quantitative and qualitative equipment, in addition to cross-national and within-country comparisons are hired to check pathways of SUR continuity in of Latin America's greatest countries.
Transformations in Governance is an immense new educational e-book sequence from Oxford college Press. it truly is designed to deal with the notable progress of study in comparative politics, diplomacy, public coverage, federalism, environmental and concrete experiences involved in the dispersion of authority from significant states as much as supranational associations, all the way down to subnational governments, and side-ways to public-private networks. It brings jointly paintings that considerably advances our realizing of the association, motives, and outcomes of multilevel and complicated governance. The sequence is selective, containing every year a small variety of books of quite prime quality by means of prime and rising scholars.
The sequence objectives in most cases single-authored or co-authored paintings, however it is pluralistic when it comes to disciplinary specialization, examine layout, process, and geographical scope. Case experiences in addition to comparative reviews, old in addition to modern stories, and reviews with a countrywide, local, or overseas concentration are all primary to its goals. Authors use qualitative, quantitative, formal modeling, or combined equipment. A alternate mark of the books is they mix scholarly rigour with readable prose and an enticing creation style.
The sequence is edited via Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks of the collage of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the VU Amsterdam, and Walter Mattli of the college of Oxford.

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The quantitative analyses conducted in Chapter 5, which encompass the universe of SURs in the post-transitional period in Argentina and Mexico, help gain inferential leverage and maximize the generalizability of the theoretical claims raised in Chapter 2. Because quantitative analyses do not permit the testing and substantiation of the specific mechanisms through which the effective exercise of presidential power leads to alternative pathways of SUR reproduction within countries, a qualitative analysis is needed to reconstruct the causal chain that links the cause (presidential power or lack thereof) with the effect (the pathway of SUR continuity that ensues).

12 Conversely, effective partisan presidential power materializes when presidents have low levels of fiscal discretion and, at the same time, (a) their party organizations, as well as the rules and procedures that regulate relations between the party leadership and lower-level branches, are highly routinized, and (b) their party has an electoral foothold in all subnational units. For this to happen, one of the following two subnational variables must be 12 Presidential fiscal power can also become effective if subnational units have a nonpatri­monial state structure.

Using evidence gathered from over 150 original, in-depth interviews with Argentine and Mexican national and subnational top-ranked officials, journalists, and former politicians, as well as information from archival documents, Chapters 6 and 7 carry out four in-depth, subnational case studies to explore whether the capacity of national incumbents to wield power over autocrats and to obtain their cooperation determines within-country pathways of SUR continuity. e. fiscal autonomy and/or type of state-structure) facilitating or hindering presidential power.

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