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Political Institutions and Street Protests in Latin America

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  • Fabiana Machado

    (Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA, fabianam@iadb.org)

  • Carlos Scartascini

    (Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA)

  • Mariano Tommasi

    (Departamento de Economía, Universidad de San Andrés, Victoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Abstract

In this article, the authors argue that where institutions are strong, actors are more likely to participate in the political process through institutionalized arenas, while where they are weak, protests and other unconventional means of participation become more appealing. The authors explore this relationship empirically by combining country-level measures of institutional strength with individual-level information on protest participation in seventeen Latin American countries. The authors find evidence that weaker political institutions are associated with a higher propensity to use alternative means for expressing preferences, that is, to protest.

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Article provided by Peace Science Society (International) in its journal Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Volume (Year): 55 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 340-365

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Handle: RePEc:sae:jocore:v:55:y:2011:i:3:p:340-365

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Keywords: political institutions; public policies; institutional strength; protests; alternative political technologies; political party representation; Latin America;

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  1. Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero, 2012. "An Inquiry into the Use of Illegal Electoral Practices and Effects of Political Violence," CSAE Working Paper Series 2012-16, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
  2. Roxana Gutierrez-Romero, 2012. "An Inquiry into the Use of Illegal Electoral Practices and Effects of Political Violence," Economics Series Working Papers WPF/2012-16, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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