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Recycling Dictators in Latin American Elections: Legacies of Military Rule

Brett J. Kyle
Recycling Dictators in Latin American Elections: Legacies of Military Rule
ISBN: 978-1-62637-437-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-640-3
2016/267 pages
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"A well-written and well-researched book that brings into focus a subject that has been largely ignored."—David Pion-Berlin, Democratization

"An innovative and analytically sound approach to analyzing the legacy of military rule."—Caroline Beer, University of Vermont

"Presents a compelling theory on an important and as yet unstudied topic."—Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Texas A&M University


What explains the presence—and the surprising performance—of former authoritarian-regime officials in Latin American presidential elections? To answer that question, Brett J. Kyle examines the experiences of twelve countries that transitioned from military to civilian government in the Third Wave of democratization. His persuasive analysis, incorporating case studies of Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, and El Salvador, sheds new light on the consolidation of democracy in Latin America.


Brett J. Kyle is assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska Omaha.


  • "Recycled Dictators" and Elections in Latin America.
  • Former Regime Members as Presidential Candidates.
  • The Elements of Success.
  • Chile: Redemocratization and the Regime Heir.
  • Argentina: Authoritarian Collapse and the Protest Candidate.
  • Guatemala: Persistent Competitors.
  • El Salvador: Short-Circuiting Former Authoritarians.
  • Regime Legacies and Recycled Dictators Worldwide.
  • Appendixes.