Violent Democratization: Social Movements, Elites, and Politics in Colombia s Rural War Zones, 1984-2008

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Violent Democratization: Social Movements, Elites, and Politics in Colombia s Rural War Zones, 1984-2008

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In Violent Democratization, Leah Anne Carroll analyzes peasant and rural worker mobilization, as well as elite reaction, in Colombia s war zones over a period of twenty-five years and across three regions. Due to Colombia s long history of electoral democracy coinciding with weak state institutions, armed insurgencies, strong social movements, and violent responses from elites and the state, Carroll presents Colombia as a clear-cut national case of “violent democratization.” Relying primarily on her interviews with leftist and social movement activists, elected officials, and some elites, as well as on electoral data and archival sources, Carroll reconstructs the political history of key county governments, providing a detailed account of the struggles for local power between elites, on the one hand, and rural agriculturalists and workers, on the other.

Carroll analyzes the ways in which the tactics of social movements and elites shifted as national political trends moved f