Revolution and reaction : the diffusion of authoritarianism in Latin America / Kurt Weyland (University of Texas, Austin).
- Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2019. , ©2019
x, 310 pages ; 23 cm
- Revolution (Cuba : 1959)
Authoritarianism -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
Right and left (Political science) -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Political activity -- Latin America -- History -- 20th century.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Political activity.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Politics and government.
Right and left (Political science)
Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1948-1980.
Cuba -- History -- Revolution, 1959 -- Influence.
- Why did so many Latin American leftists believe they could replicate the Cuban Revolution in their own countries, and why did so many rightists fear the spread of Communism? Cognitive-psychological insights about people's distorted inferences and skewed interest calculations explain why the left held exaggerated hopes and why the right experienced excessive dread. The resulting polarization provoked a powerful backlash in which the right uniformly defeated the left. To forestall the feared spread of revolution, the military in many countries imposed authoritarian regimes and brutally suppressed left-wingers. Overly worried about the advance of Cuban-inspired radicalism as well, the United States condoned and supported the installation of dictatorship, but Latin American elites took the main initiative in these regressive regime changes. With a large number of primary and secondary sources, this book documents how the misperceptions on both sides of the ideological divide thus played a crucial role in the frequent destruction of democracy.
- The difficulty of accounting for reverse waves
A theory of reactionary waves
Diffusion effects of the Cuban revolution
Waves of radicalization and reaction
The imposition of institutional authoritarianism
Horizontal diffusion and vertical promotion in the autocratic wave
Reactionary waves across history
Conclusion: theoretical refelctions.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-301) and index.
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