By Agustina Giraudy
Even though Latin American nations have transitioned to democracy, many voters living in peripheral areas proceed to dwell lower than undemocratic rule. Democrats and Autocrats stories the life of subnational undemocratic regimes (SURs) along nationwide democratic regimes. particularly it solutions the subsequent questions: Why do SURs live on regardless of nationwide democratization? Why perform a little subnational autocrats and SURs be triumphant regardless of presidents' options 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 strive against (opposition and/or copartisan) autocrats and SURs?
Contrary to traditional knowledge, the booklet argues that there are a number of pathways for SURs copy inside of democratic nations. those pathways, in flip, are made up our minds through a particular mixture of intergovernmental interactions, all of that are formed via institutional and monetary nationwide and subnational variables.
The clarification of SUR continuity complicated during this publication is established in modern Argentina and Mexico utilizing a multi-method technique. 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.
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How can democratically elected national incumbents contribute to reproducing SURs from above? Presidents resort to a variety of formal and informal mechanisms in order to help these SURs stay in power. They can veto legislation seeking to dismiss undemocratic incumbents from office. They can also strengthen SURs by exerting pressure over members of federal agencies of control, such as Supreme Court justices or federal comptrollers, in order to deter them from sanctioning subnational autocrats for their abuses of power and financial misdoings.
This book seeks to expand knowledge of SUR continuity within democratic countries by challenging the assumption that national institutions, national actors, and national policies similarly impact different SURs within a given country. The book instead argues that a democratic president maintains different types of relations with SURs (and their autocrats), and that these varied interactions are decisive for triggering multiple routes of SUR durability within a given country. The remainder of this chapter is devoted to developing the building blocks of this new explanation.
The final chapter of the book is divided into three parts. The first part presents a summary of the book’s findings and primary contributions. In order to help validate the main claims of this book’s argument, the second section of Chapter 8 shows that the conditions hypothesized to be crucial for SUR continuity were not present in Puebla and Oaxaca after the 2010 elections, when SUR breakdown occurred. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the lessons learned from the analyses of Argentina and Mexico, emphasizing the contributions of the book to the literature on subnational undemocratic regimes and intergovernmental relations in multi-level polities.