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Voting Amid Violence
Electoral Democracy in Colombia
Steven L. Taylor

Northeastern Series on Democratization and Political Development

2009 • 232 pp. 51 illus. 6 x 9"
Political Science & Government / Latin American & Caribbean Studies

$30.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-698-5

Timely lessons from Colombia on the coexistence of civil democracy and political violence in the context of international affairs and institutional reform

Despite endemic political violence, Colombia has one of the oldest electoral democracies in the Western Hemisphere. In this long-awaited, indispensable study, author Steven L. Taylor argues that an understanding of Colombia’s political development requires understanding the evolution of its political parties and its electoral rules. This book deals both with the specifics of Colombia and with questions concerning how electoral reform and institutional change interact with the behavior of political actors. Taylor’s argument holds clear and broader implications for the study of civil democracy in an atmosphere of political violence around the world today, and they have never been more relevant.

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STEVEN L. TAYLOR is associate professor of Political Science at Troy University and is an expert on Colombian politics.

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