By Jonathan Hartlyn
Over the last numerous many years, the Dominican Republic has
experienced notable political stagnation despite dramatic
socioeconomic changes. during this paintings, Jonathan Hartlyn
offers a brand new reason behind the country's political evolution,
based on a large comparative perspective.
Hartlyn rejects cultural motives unduly targeted on
legacies from the Spanish colonial period and structural
explanations excessively based at the loss of national
autonomy. as an alternative, he highlights the self sufficient impression of
political and institutional components and ancient legacies,
while additionally contemplating adjustments in Dominican society and the
influence of the us and different overseas forces.
specifically, Hartlyn examines how the Dominican Republic's
tragic nineteenth-century heritage proven a legacy of
neopatrimonialism, a kind of rule that discovered severe expression
in the brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo and has endured to shape
politics right down to the current. by way of interpreting fiscal policymaking
and frequently conflictual elections, Hartlyn additionally analyzes the missed
opportunity for democracy in the course of the rule of the Dominican
Revolutionary celebration and the democratic tensions of the
administrations of Joaquin Balaguer.