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REGIME LEGACIES AND DEMOCRATIZATION: EXPLAINING VARIANCE IN THE LEVEL OF DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA, 1978—2004

@inproceedings{Conley2008REGIMELA,
  title={REGIME LEGACIES AND DEMOCRATIZATION: EXPLAINING VARIANCE IN THE LEVEL OF DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA, 1978—2004},
  author={Helen Conley},
  year={2008}
}
In this paper we analyze the level of democracy achieved by 19 Latin American countries after 1977, in the period between the transitions from authoritarian rule and 2004. Our study shows enduring regime legacies: despite authoritarian interruptions in the past, the best predictor of the current level of democracy is the country’s experience with competitive politics during the “first” (1900–44) and the “second” (1945–77) waves (and counter waves) of democratization. We document the impact of… 

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