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Democracy and violence in Colombia during the Barco administration (1986-1990)


  • Benedict Hayes



With its longstanding democratic institutions and high levels of contemporary violence, Colombia represents an anomaly within Latin America. Using a contemporary historical approach, this article examines the administration of President Virgilio Barco (1986-1990) both in terms of its democratic and institutional reforms and national security responses. It discusses how the government managed to push for democratic reforms, in spite of the unprecedented levels of violence.

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  • Benedict Hayes, 2011. "Democracy and violence in Colombia during the Barco administration (1986-1990)," Documentos de CERAC 009001, CERAC -Centro de Recursos para el Análisis de Conflictos.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000150:009001

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    Democracy; Virgilio Barco; Narcoterrorism; Paramilitarism; Guerrillas; Political Violence; Political Reform; National Security Response;

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