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Revolutionizing Repertoires

The Rise of Populist Mobilization in Peru

Robert S. Jansen

Revolutionizing Repertoires

Robert S. Jansen

288 pages | 18 halftones, 1 map, 2 line drawings, 4 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $37.50 ISBN: 9780226487441 Published October 2017
Cloth $112.50 ISBN: 9780226487304 Published October 2017
E-book $37.50 About E-books ISBN: 9780226487588 Published October 2017
Politicians and political parties are for the most part limited by habit—they recycle tried-and-true strategies, draw on models from the past, and mimic others in the present. But in rare moments politicians break with routine and try something new.

Drawing on pragmatist theories of social action, Revolutionizing Repertoires sets out to examine what happens when the repertoire of practices available to political actors is dramatically reconfigured. Taking as his case study the development of a distinctively Latin American style of populist mobilization, Robert S. Jansen analyzes the Peruvian presidential election of 1931. He finds that, ultimately, populist mobilization emerged in the country at this time because newly empowered outsiders recognized the limitations of routine political practice and understood how to modify, transpose, invent, and recombine practices in a whole new way. Suggesting striking parallels to the recent populist turn in global politics, Revolutionizing Repertoires offers new insights not only to historians of Peru but also to scholars of historical sociology and comparative politics, and to anyone interested in the social and political origins of populism.
Contents
Preface
Abbreviations and Terms
Introduction
1 Who Did What? Establishing Outcomes
2 The Social Context of Action: Economy, Infrastructure, and Social Organization
3 The Political Context of Action: Collective Actor Formation in a Dynamic Political Field
4 The Sources of Political Innovation: Habit, Experience, and Deliberation
5 Practicing Populist Mobilization: Experimentation, Imitation, and Excitation
6 The Routinization of Political Innovation: Resonance, Recognition, and Repetition
Conclusion
Appendix A: Chronology
Appendix B: Population, Suffrage, and Exclusion
References
Index
Review Quotes
Peter F. Klarén, George Washington University
“How does a new political practice such as populist mobilization take hold and become established is the subject of this important study of Peru’s transformative populist election of 1931. Drawing on pragmatist theories and based on a sophisticated, fine-grained reading of the sources, Jansen’s innovative work on Peru has implications for the rise of populist politics that has so proliferated throughout the hemisphere down to the present. I highly recommend it.”
Neil Gross, Colby College
“Masterfully researched and brimming with insight, Revolutionizing Repertoires goes well beyond the Peruvian case to develop a brand new approach for explaining political change. Jansen demonstrates that habit and creativity are as important in politics as they are in everyday life, and that—under the right conditions—novel political practices can arise from their interplay. This is a major contribution that will help remake political sociology.”
Elisabeth S. Clemens, University of Chicago
Revolutionizing Repertoires presents an elegant, theoretically-motivated interrogation of a key moment in political history: the appearance of populist mobilization in Latin America. Whereas this form of political organization and rhetoric—combining horizontal solidarity among the people with oppositional orientation toward the elite—has been associated with post-war Brazil and Argentina, Jansen argues that its first appearance can be found in the 1931 election in Peru. This is a lovely book.”
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