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Landing Votes: Representation and Land Reform in Latin America Nancy D Lapp

Landing Votes: Representation and Land Reform in Latin America

Nancy D Lapp

Published July 17th 2008
ISBN : 9781281367709
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212 pages
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Landing Votes is a unique exploration of the conditions under which democratic Latin American governments address persistent political and economic inequities. The book points out a surprising coincidence: nearly every extension of suffrage to theMoreLanding Votes is a unique exploration of the conditions under which democratic Latin American governments address persistent political and economic inequities. The book points out a surprising coincidence: nearly every extension of suffrage to the rural poor occurred at the same time as land reform. Politicians did not merely react to peasants demands- rather, they sought political power by extending the right to vote while redistributing land. The book concludes that party institutionalization enhanced the prospects for reforms by holding politicians accountable. More significant reforms occurred which benefited more of the rural poor where institutionalized parties competed for their votes.