Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609031 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609048 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Peru

Elite Power and Political Capture

John Crabtree and Francisco Durand

Peru

John Crabtree and Francisco Durand

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256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781783609031 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609048 Published May 2017 For sale in North and South America only
While leftist governments have been elected across Latin America, this Pink Tide, as it has been called, has so far failed to reach Peru. Instead, Peru represents a particularly stark example of state capture, in which an extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few corporations and pro-market technocrats has resulted in a monopoly on political power. In the wake of the 2016 general election, John Crabtree and Francisco Durand provide a close look at the ways in which Peruvian elites have been able to consolidate their position at the expense of genuine democracy.
 
In their timely analysis, Crabtree and Durand offer a particular focus on the role of mining and other extractive industries, where extensive privatization and deregulation have contributed to extreme disparities in wealth and power. In the process, they provide a unique case study of state development, by revealing the mechanisms used by elites to dominate political discussion and marginalize their opponents, as well as the role played by external factors such as international financial institutions and foreign investors. The significance of their findings therefore extends far beyond Peru and illuminates the wider issue of why mineral-rich countries so often struggle to attain meaningful democracy.
 
Review Quotes
Henry Dietz, University of Texas at Austin (Emeritus)
“A timely, thorough and original volume.  Their examination of why Peru has been a notable exception to Latin America’s move to the center-left and their insistence on what they term “elite capture” as a necessary explanation make it required reading.”
Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University
“The breadth and depth of this book are stunning. Crabtree and Durand are two of the world’s leading authorities on Peru’s political economy.”
Peter Kingstone, King's College London
“An insightful and empirically rich work that makes sense of the Peruvian puzzle of economic growth contrasted with popular disaffection. This is a valuable resource for anybody interested in understanding how economic elites subvert democratic institutions in the region.”
Barrie Axford, Oxford Brookes University
“In this learned, elegant and very readable study of Peru, Crabtree and Durand interrogate the scholarship on political capture as well as addressing the power of corporate interests, the machinations of the governing class and the relative weakness of civil society.”
Maxwell Cameron, University of British Columbia
“A comprehensive, historically-grounded, and theoretically sophisticated interpretation of Peru. At a time when Peru's political establishment is being rocked by the Odebrecht scandal, this book is essential reading.”
Coletta Youngers, Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America
“Cutting-edge research and rich insights. . . . A must read for those seeking to understand the deep inequities that plague Peru today.”
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