James Loxton Explains Why Authoritarian Successor Parties Succeed in Democracies
They really view their history as one of victimization, one of struggle and even martyrdom. ARENA had multiple leaders assassinated. Again, that version of history that I just told you, that's not necessarily my view. But I do actually believe that that is their sincere belief and it makes for a really compelling founding myth if you will. And I think that founding myth has helped to hold both parties together right up until the present day.
A full transcript is available at www.democracyparadox.com.
Key Highlights Include
- Why do voters elect leaders with ties to former dictators?
- Description of authoritarian successor parties
- Challenges for conservative party formation
- A brief history of the UDI in Chile and ARENA in El Salvador
- The role of counterrevolutionary struggle
"Authoritarian Successor Parties" by James Loxton in Journal of Democracy, July 2015
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