Micro-social and Contextual Sources of Democratic Attitudes in Latin America

  title={Micro-social and Contextual Sources of Democratic Attitudes in Latin America},
  author={Eduardo Salinas and John A. Booth},
  journal={Journal of Politics in Latin America},
  pages={29 - 64}
  • E. Salinas, J. Booth
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Politics in Latin America
Many Latin American countries democratized between 1975 and 2000, and research has confirmed that contemporary Latin Americans hold democratic political attitudes. Using AmericasBarometer surveys of 18 countries from 2008, we examine the commitment of Latin Americans to three democratic attitudes – preference for democracy over other forms of government, support for general participation rights, and tolerance for participation by system critics. We also explore the impact of personal resources… 

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