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Emerging States

Sobrevilla Perea, Natalia (2023) Emerging States. In: Posada-Carbo, Eduardo and Innes, Joanna and Philp, Mark, eds. Re-imagining Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1780-1870. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 978-0-19-763157-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:101772)

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This chapter explores the complicated pressures under which new states emerged in Spanish and Portuguese mainland America and in Haiti and Santo Domingo, and shows that a commitment to establishing constitutional rule and representative government persisted through many discouraging circumstances—though these circumstances ensured that constitutions and representative systems were constantly challenged and often proved fragile. Armed conflicts associated with the initial struggle to establish independence, clashes of political vision and personal rivalries, and tensions between powerholders at the center and their critics in the localities combined to make new states difficult to stabilize. The chapter surveys the powers they did amass and how legislative power was deployed, but stresses that power in practice remained heavily dependent on cooperation from the localities: a context in which it made sense to build broad-based political alliances, even if that was not always achieved.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Latin America, Caribbean, Haiti, independence, state-building, constitution, representative government, instability, democracy
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Funders: Leverhulme Trust (
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (
Depositing User: Natalia Sobrevilla Perea
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2023 15:39 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2023 09:35 UTC
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