Political Parties of the Americas, 1980s to 1990s: Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies

Political Parties of the Americas, 1980s to 1990s: Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies

Political Parties of the Americas, 1980s to 1990s: Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies

Political Parties of the Americas, 1980s to 1990s: Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies

Synopsis

This major new reference surveys political parties of importance in the Americas since 1980, with the exclusion of the United States. This one-volume work has been fashioned both to update Robert J. Alexander's prize-winning two-volume set published in 1982, Political Parties of the Americas, and to serve as a new analysis of political development and political parties in 49 countries in the Western Hemisphere during the last decade. Ameringer, with contributions by a score of well-known scholars, covers parties of importance and current political trends. Includes chronology, cross-references, and a full index.

Excerpt

This volume is intended to complement Political Parties of the Americas:
Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies
, edited by Robert J. Alexander and published by Greenwood Press in two volumes in 1982. Bob Alexander, whose work is part of the Greenwood Historical Encyclopedia of the World's Political Parties, described the work as a survey of all political parties of any importance in the nations and territories of the Western Hemisphere, excluding the United States. At Alexander's urging, because he wanted to devote his retirement years to his long-postponed biography of Norman Thomas, I agreed to take up this work where he and his collaborators left off, but I was determined to develop an approach that would combine an update with a free standing volume. The result is a volume that concentrates on new developments in the political parties of the Americas since 1980, presents fresh background data, and refers to related material in the Alexander work where appropriate, achieving backup without redundancy.

In order to achieve this result, each chapter is organized in a similar fashion. Each chapter, which covers the country or political unit in its title, comprises a general essay that summarizes essential background information and emphasizes political developments of the 1980s and the first years of the 1990s; a revised, updated bibliography; a list of active political parties, with a full description of each, highlighting recent changes; and a list of the historical political parties that ceased to exist before 1980, with a summary sketch of each.

Most of the contributors to this volume viewed the concept of the historical parties list skeptically, but they accepted it in the interest of preserving precious space for new material and with the understanding that readers would be referred to the Alexander volumes for more detailed descriptions of the parties in question. Fulfilling, this commitment, I wish to address the reader directly now: For a more detailed description of the parties treated in the "Political Parties-- Historical" section included in most chapters, please consult Robert J. Alexander . . .

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