The Legacy of Dictatorship for Democratic Parties in Latin America

  title={The Legacy of Dictatorship for Democratic Parties in Latin America},
  author={Erica Frantz and Barbara Geddes},
  journal={Journal of Politics in Latin America},
  pages={3 - 32}
When dictators seize power, they face a choice about how to deal with the pre-existing political parties. Some simply repress all parties, some ally themselves with one of the traditional parties and use it to help organize their rule, and others repress pre-existing parties but create a new party to support themselves. This study examines how these decisions affect the subsequent development of party systems after redemocratization. Looking at the experience of Latin America, a region that has… 

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