Electoral Fraud, the Rise of Peron and Demise of Checks and Balances in Argentina

38 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2009 Last revised: 24 Jul 2021

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Lee J. Alston

Indiana University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andres A. Gallo

University of North Florida - Dept. of Economics

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Date Written: August 2009

Abstract

The future looked bright for Argentina in the early twentieth century. It had already achieved high levels of income per capita and was moving away from authoritarian government towards a more open democracy. Unfortunately, Argentina never finished the transition. The turning point occurred in the 1930s when to stay in power, the Conservatives in the Pampas resorted to electoral fraud, which neither the legislative, executive, or judicial branches checked. The decade of unchecked electoral fraud led to the support for Juan Peron and subsequently to political and economic instability.

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Alston, Lee J. and Gallo, Andres, Electoral Fraud, the Rise of Peron and Demise of Checks and Balances in Argentina (August 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1444711

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