Tracing the development and decay of political parties in Latin America, this book suggests that the sociological or environmental explanations of political parties are inadequate in explaining why institutionalized political parties develop in some societies and not in others.
Part 1: Introduction 1. Political Leadership and Political Parties Part 2: The Successful Institution Builders 2. Plutarco Calles and the Formation of the Mexican PRI 3. Rafael Trujillo and the Dominican Party 4. Romulo Betancourt and Accion Democratica Part 3: The Failures 5. Hipolito Yrigoyen and the Union Civica Radical 6. The Lion of Tarapaca 7. Ramon Grau San Martin and the Cuban Revolution 8. Indo-Americanism in Peru 9. The Autumn of the Patriarch 10. Political Leaders and Political Parties