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Haiti's Predatory Republic
Robert Fatton Jr.
Price: $ 19.95

"Haiti's Predatory Republic is a formidable book that explains like no other the roots of the current crisis in that impoverished Caribbean country. Accessible to professionals and lay readers alike, it undoubtedly will be seen as the definitive work on contemporary Haitian politics."-Alex Dupuy, Wesleyan University

The collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship in 1986 gave rise to optimism among Haitians in all walks of life¿to hopes for a democratic journey leading to economic development, political renewal, and social peace. The reality of the subsequent years, however, has not been so sanguine. Robert Fatton analyzes the vicissitudes of politics in Haiti from the demise of Duvalier through the events of 2001.

Despite a relatively stable period since Jean Bertrand-Aristide assumed the Haitian presidency for the second time, in 1994, Fatton reveals a country in which the imperfect trappings of liberal democracy coexist with violent struggles to monopolize the few sites of public power with any access to wealth and privilege. Haiti's Predatory Republic, while recognizing the possibilities of a happier future, tells a somber story of an apparently endless transition to democracy.

Robert Fatton Jr. is professor in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. His numerous publications include Predatory Rule: State and Civil Society in Africa and The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal's Passive Revolution.

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