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By Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson

Latin America’s flirtation with neoliberal fiscal restructuring within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties (the so-called Washington Consensus approach) had the impression of accelerating source of revenue inequality in the course of the quarter. the purpose of this fiscal coverage was once partly to create the stipulations for sturdy democracy through making sure effective fiscal use of assets, either human and capital, however the widening hole among wealthy and negative threatened to undermine political balance. on the center of the quandary confronted by means of those new democracies is the query of responsibility: Are all voters both in a position to conserving the govt. dependable if it doesn't symbolize their pursuits? during this ebook, Michelle Taylor-Robinson investigates either the formal associations of democracy (such as electoral principles and the layout of the legislative and govt branches) and casual associations (such because the nomination methods of political events and patron-client relationships) to work out what incentives legislators need to be aware of the wishes of terrible humans and thereby appropriately symbolize their interests.

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