Dr. Joel Horowitz has had published in Argentina El radicalismo y la movilización popular (1916-1930), a book that explores the manner in which the then-largest political party, the Radical Party, mobilized popular support in the city of Buenos Aires.
Horowitz is a professor of history at St. Bonaventure University.
Published by Edhasa, a major commercial press in Argentina, the book is a translation of the English language book “Argentina’s Radical Party and Popular Mobilization, 1916-1930,” which was published in 2008 by Pennsylvania State University Press.
In this book, Horowitz examines democracy’s first appearance in a country that seemed to satisfy all of the criteria that political developmental specialists of the 1950s and 1960s identified as crucial. This experiment lasted in Argentina from 1916 to 1930, when it ended in a military coup that left a troubled legacy for decades to come.
What explains the initial success but ultimate failure of democracy during this period? According to Horowitz, a crucial element is the reaction to the way the governing party mobilized popular backing. Horowitz explains this by showing how the party forged ties with unions and the popular classes and the backlash that this produced in certain sectors.
Horowitz, who has been a member of the St. Bonaventure faculty for 26 years, specializes in Argentine history and has received two Fulbright research appointments. His primary course load is upper-level courses on Latin America. Horowitz did his undergraduate work in history at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by his master’s and doctorate in history at the University of California, Berkeley.
For more information about the book, click here (see links for information on translating from Spanish to English).
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