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Market Structures, Political Institutions, and Democratization: The Latin American and East European Experiences Author(s): David Bartlett and Wendy Hunter Source: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring, 1997), pp. 87-126 Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. Stable URL: . Accessed: 28/09/2011 11:21

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Review of International Political Economy4:1 Spring 1997: 87-126

Market structures, political institutions, and democratization: the Latin American and East European experiences

David Bartlett and Wendy Hunter

Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University ABSTRACT This articledevelops a structuraland institutionalframeworkfor exploring the prospects for stable democracy in Latin America and EasternEurope. Its guiding premise is that democratic consolidation hinges on the willingness of societal actors to use the party system as their primarymedium of interestarticulation.The structuralanalysis examineshow the resources of agents in different socioeconomic systems influence their affinity for party or non-party strategies. The institutionalcomponent assesses how party and state institutions reshape actors'strategicincentives. Integrating the two logics leads to the following argument:market structures in the developing capitalistcountriesof...