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Landing Votes: Representation and Land Reform in Latin America

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Nancy D. Lapp
    Pages 23-52
  3. Nancy D. Lapp
    Pages 85-118
  4. Nancy D. Lapp
    Pages 119-153
  5. Nancy D. Lapp
    Pages 155-159
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-212

About this book


Landing Votes explores 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.


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About the authors

NANCY D. LAPP specializes in Latin American politics and teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics for the Department of Government and the International Affairs Maters program at California State University, Sacramento, USA.

Bibliographic information


"The originality of [Lapp's] argument and the ability to apply it not only to the three main cases but also elsewhere in Latin America and the rest of the world make Lapp's book a must read for anyone interested in the politics of the poor." - Glen Biglaiser, Bowling Green State University

"Professor Lapp provides a most compelling argument, tying together institutional development, democratization, and land reform in Latin America. In addition to Lapp s comprehensive treatment of land reform in Latin America, her theoretical argument holds important implications for democratic theory and the more practical problem Latin America

faces currently in addressing the concerns of its poor." - David S. Brown, Department of Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder