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The return to democracy in Argentina: Opportunities and challenges for the civil society from 1983 until present time
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to identify the role of the civil society in relation to the democratization that initiated in 1983. The field study I carried out last year was possible through a Minor Field Study (MFS) scholarship. In order to achieve the purpose I will analyse the research questions through two theories. The first theory is about how the civil society should operate in the ideal case, constructed by Larry Diamond. The methodology consists of in-depth interviews (based on Diamond’s theory) which I will conduct with organizations. I also involved Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow’s theory of social movements since a contextual background to the democratic transition in 1983 was necessary. Finally, the theory that I will adopt is constructed by Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan of how consolidated a democracy is from a behavioural, constitutional and attitudinal dimensions presents the basis for the analysis part. These theories of Linz, Stepan and Diamond are expected to assist me when analyzing the two central research questions for this bachelor thesis:

- What is the role of the civil society in Argentina for promoting democratic values and in upholding democracy from a historical perspective?

- Which events have affected the role of the civil society in Argentina since the transition to democratic rule in 1983?

The result shows that the civil society has experienced some challenges since 1983, such as the implications with corruption in the 90s and the financial crisis that struck Argentina in 2001 like a Tsunami wave. However, the result also shows that the civil society experienced some opportunities, which they also took such as the strong human rights agenda, the neoliberal agenda that provided a scope for the civil society as a service provider and the constitutional reform of 1994 which stated that NGO’s could take legal matters to court.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
civil society, social movements, mobilization, Latin America, Argentina, dictatorship, democracy
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-34800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-34800DiVA, id: diva2:722538
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Europena Studies Programme, 180 credits
Presentation
2014-06-05, M2094V, Växjö, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2014-06-16 Created: 2014-06-09 Last updated: 2014-06-16Bibliographically approved

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