Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89188
Authors: 
Machado, Fabiana
Scartascini, Carlos
Tommasi, Mariano
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-110
Abstract: 
This paper argues that where institutions are strong, actors are more likely to participate in the political process through institutionalized arenas, while where they are weak, protests and other unconventional means of participation become more appealing. This relationship is explored empirically by combining country-level measures of institutional strength with individual-level information on protest participation in 17 Latin American countries. Evidence is found that weaker political institutions are associated with a higher propensity to use alternative means for expressing preferences, that is, to protest. Also found are interesting interactions between country-level institutional strength and some individual-level determinants of participation in protests.
Subjects: 
Political institutions
Public policies
Institutional strength
Protests
Alternative Political Technologies
Political party representation
Ideology
Ideological extremism
Latin America
JEL: 
D72
D74
D78
H89
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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