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Party-System Collapse: The Roots of Crisis in Peru and Venezuela

Jason Seawright


Most party systems are relatively stable over time. Yet in the 1980s and 1990s, established party systems in Peru and Venezuela broke down, leading to the elections of outsider Alberto Fujimori and anti-party populist Hugo Chavez. Focusing on these two cases, this book explores the causes of systemic collapse. To date, scholars have pointed to economic crises, the rise of the informal economy, and the charisma and political brilliance of Fujimori and Chavez to explain the changes in Peru and Venezuela. This book uses economic data, surveys, and experiments to show that these explanations are i ... More

Keywords: Peru, Venezuela, Alberto Fujimori, Hugo Chavez, party-system collapse, South America, voters, economic crises, corruption scandals, political leaders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804782364
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804782364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Seawright, author