Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia (Hardcover)

Electoral Democracy in Colombia

By Steven L. Taylor

Northeastern University Press, 9781555536985, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009



Despite endemic political violence, Colombia has one of the oldest electoral democracies in the Western Hemisphere. In this long-awaited, indispensable study, author Steven L. Taylor argues that an understanding of Colombia's political development requires understanding the evolution of its political parties and its electoral rules. This book deals both with the specifics of Colombia and with questions concerning how electoral reform and institutional change interact with the behavior of political actors. Taylor's argument holds clear and broader implications for the study of civil democracy in an atmosphere of political violence around the world today, and they have never been more relevant.

About the Author

STEVEN L. TAYLOR is associate professor of Political Science at Troy University and is an expert on Colombian politics.