Title

Scripture, structure and the formation of Catholic parties: The case of Venezuela.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Luis Felipe Mantilla

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Date Issued

2012-01-01

Date Available

2014-11-17

ISSN

1354-0688

Abstract

What accounts for the virtual absence of new Catholic parties in Latin America over the past four decades? From the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, Catholic activists organized a variety of political parties in the region. Yet since the 1970s, despite the dramatic expansion of political opportunities in Catholic-majority countries, Catholicism has played only a marginal role in the formation of new parties. This article develops a novel interpretation of this phenomenon, arguing that changes in the structure of religious communities and church-society relations resulting from the reforms of the Second Vatican Council account for the absence of new Catholic parties. Empirically, it explores this topic through the structured, focused comparison of two periods of social and political upheaval in Venezuela.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Party Politics, 18(3), 369-390. doi: 10.1177/1354068810382938. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Sage

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.