By Steven Levitsky, María Victoria Murillo
Throughout the Nineteen Nineties Argentina was once the one state in Latin the USA to mix radical fiscal reform and whole democracy. In 2001, despite the fact that, it fell right into a deep political and fiscal situation and was once largely visible as a basket case. This e-book explores either advancements, reading the hyperlinks among the successes of the Nineties and the 2001 cave in.
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Erned the military question. In April the army had been all but destr~yed. While the cara[ bineros still remained intact theyweregt=;atly outnumbered by the heavily-armed popular militias formed in the factories, mines and countryside as well as by MNR militants in the towns. At the May Day celebrations most of the forty thousand COB contingent that marched noisily past the presidential palace were carrying weapons and many held placards demanding the complete abolition of the army. Throughout May Oruro was under the total control of the-popular militia, which threw out a succession of army and police ofticers sent to administer the city's forces.
This caused uproar in the COB but Lechin himself was eventually to sign the necessary decree. Paz made it plain that the military question was one of principle on which he would not concede, and after several days of fierce exchanges and great tension the COB finally held back from an all-out challenge on the issue. Militaty spending was almost halved, numbers cut, \1 equipment withheld and troops quartered well away from the mines and the city centres to be engaged largely in road building. The offi) cial armed forces were in extremely poor shape and no match for the \ militias, but despite the crushing blow of their defeat they had survived.
At that st~ge Paz was undoubtedly a fervent nationalist and not above employmg certain Marxist categories. Yet his formidable reputation as an intellectual was based principally on long experience in financial administration, a background- that had nurtured a deep awareness of the practical problems of bringing about social change as well as a fundamentally managerial approach to politics. Paz was less an ideologue than an intelligent and pragmatic politician in the populist mould but of firmly conservative sensibilities.
Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness by Steven Levitsky, María Victoria Murillo