TITLE

ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT IN ARGENTINA

AUTHOR(S)
Kennedy, John J.
PUB. DATE
April 1959
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1959, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p453
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the political conditions of Argentina. Future historians are likely to note with respect that the second half of 1950's was a period in which some of the most powerful dictators in Latin America were pulled down. Argentina's struggle for democratic recovery — now in its fourth year — has been longer than that of the other countries. In other respects Argentina is also unique among the former dictatorships. Argentina's experience may therefore have only a limited applicability to other situations, but it does illustrate the extreme difficulty of replacing dictatorship with constitutional government. The elections took place in February 1958, with organized Peronism excluded from the lists. The voters were offered what was nominally a multi-party choice, but under the operative electoral law, the winning party was assured of two-thirds of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies, while the party running second took the remaining seats. A realistic restoration, however, involved more far-reaching and more complicated problems than the conduct of honest elections and the willingness of temporary military rulers to step down.
ACCESSION #
14723839

 

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