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Type: Artigo de Periódico
Title: A right-to-left policy switch? An analysis of the Honduran case under Manuel Zelaya
Authors: Cunha Filho, Clayton Mendonça
Coelho, André Luiz
Flores, Fidel Irving Pérez
Keywords: Policy switch;Honduras;Right;Left;Manuel Zelaya
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: International Political Science Review
Citation: Cunha Filho, C. M.; Coelho, A. L.; Flores, F. I. P. (2013)
Abstract: A member of the Honduran elite and elected president with a right-of-center platform in 2005, Manuel Zelaya soon came to be allied with Latin America’s bloc of radical left-wing governments – this being the first case of a post-democratization right-to-left policy switch in the region. The aim of this article is to assess the reasons that could have motivated Zelaya’s ideological turn. After a brief discussion of the Honduran political process, we review the literature about the issue of policy switching and proceed to an empirical analysis of the Honduran case. We find that the fragility of the country’s energy sector and the alliance with Venezuela in a context of international economic crisis and high oil prices could have triggered a causal mechanism in Honduras similar to the one caused by currency scarcity and international pressure pointed to by the literature as the leading cause for traditional left-to-right switches, which suggests that this case study could serve as a pattern-matching exercise to the general findings of currently accepted switch theory.
Description: CUNHA FILHO, Clayton Mendonça. A right-to-left policy switch? An analysis of the Honduran case under Manuel Zelaya. International Political Science Review, Thousand Oaks, p. 1-24, 2013.
ISSN: 0192-5121 (impresso)
1460-373X (online)
Access Rights: Acesso Aberto
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