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Clarifying a contested concept: Populism in the study of Latin American politics
Social scientists commonly encounter concepts that are unclear and contested. Authors inspired by competing theories emphasize different attributes from a complex set of defining characteristics.
Theories of Policy Diffusion: Lessons from Latin American Pension Reform
What accounts for the waves of policy diffusion that increasingly sweep across regions of the world? Why do many diverse countries adopt similar changes? Focusing on the spread of Chilean-style
Bounded Rationality and Policy Diffusion: Social Sector Reform in Latin America
Preface vii Abbreviations xi Chapter 1: The Puzzle of Policy Diffusion 1 Chapter 2: Toward a New Theory of Policy Diffusion 30 Chapter 3: External Pressures and International Norms in Pension Reform
The Diffusion of Revolution: ‘1848’ in Europe and Latin America
  • Kurt Weyland
  • Political Science
    International Organization
  • 1 July 2009
Abstract What accounts for the spread of political protest and contention across countries? Analyzing the wildfire of attempted revolutions in 1848, the present article assesses four causal
The Politics of Market Reform in Fragile Democracies: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela
An examination of a question central to comparative politics and economics: Why do some leaders of fragile democracies attain political success - culminating in re-election victories - when pursuing
Neopopulism and neoliberalism in Latin America: Unexpected affinities
Why have political populism and economic liberalism coexisted under Presidents Menem in Argentina, Collor in Brazil, and Fujimori in Peru? In order to elucidate this surprising convergence, which
The Arab Spring: Why the Surprising Similarities with the Revolutionary Wave of 1848?
  • Kurt Weyland
  • Political Science
    Perspectives on Politics
  • 1 December 2012
Prominent scholars have highlighted important similarities between the Arab Spring of 2011 and the “revolutions” of 1848: Both waves of contention swept with dramatic speed across whole regions, but
Neoliberal Populism in Latin America and Eastern Europe
How do democracies enact drastic market reforms that impose considerable shortterm costs on large sectors of the population? What tactics do political leaders use to make such painful measures, which
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