chapter  11
The Containment of Conflict After Revolution: Lessons from Mexico and Bolivia
WithSusan Eckstein
Pages 15

Governments that come to power by revolution are faced with the immediate, pressing challenge of establishing and maintaining political order. Based on the experiences of Mexico and Bolivia after their respective upheavals, this article will argue that New Regimes are able to institutionalize political order successfully to the extent that they centralize power in a manner that contains demands of elites as well as popular groups. The capacity of the revolutionary-based regimes to accomplish this task is contingent on generating resources with which to coopt and repress opposition. The resource-generating capacity of revolutionary governments, in turn, will be partially determined by the nature of the economy when the Old Order collapsed and by international political and economic constraints.