Caudillo politics and delegative democracy in the leadership of Chávez, Putin and Berlusconi

Pike, Sherrill Dawn (2010) Caudillo politics and delegative democracy in the leadership of Chávez, Putin and Berlusconi. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Hugo Chávez, Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi are the flawed leaders of three very different countries. Various elements of structure and agency allow such individuals to attain and maintain power despite their faults. An analysis of Chávez's leadership style, the nature of Venezuelan democracy and Venezuela's political culture sets the pattern for comparison with Putin and Berlusconi. Chávez also provides the basis to explore whether Latin American political concepts such as elected caudillismo and delegative democracy may be usefully applied to leaders in other countries. Ultimately, it is the failure of various structural components in Venezuela, Russia and Italy that allow these men to govern. They are all, indeed, elected caudillos and Venezuela and Russia are examples of delegative democracy. It is because Berlusconi is considered, by observers, to be a western democratic leader that he escapes the negative judgments heaped on Chávez and Putin.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 9455
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 80-86.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Political Science
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Italy; Russia (Federation); Venezuela
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Berlusconi, Silvio, 1936-; Chávez Frías, Hugo; Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1952-; Caudillos--Italy; Caudillos--Russia (Federation); Caudillos--Venezuela; Democracy--Italy; Democracy--Russia (Federation); Democracy--Venezuela; Political leadership--Italy; Political leadership--Russia (Federation); Political leadership--Venezuela; Italy--Politics and government--1994-; Russia (Federation)--Politics and goverment--1991-; Venezuela--Politics and government--1999-

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