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António Costa Pinto is a Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, and Professor of Politics and Contemporary European History at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon.

He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Georgetown University, a senior associate member at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a senior visiting fellow at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1999 to 2011 he has been a regular visiting professor at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. He was president of the Portuguese Political Science Association (2006-2010) and his research interests include authoritarianism, political elites, democratization and transitional justice in new democracies, the European Union, and the comparative study of political change in Southern Europe. He is a regular contributor to the mainstream Portuguese media.


Highlights

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Technocratic Ministers and Political Leadership in European Democracies

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the ‘technocratic shift’ in ministerial recruitment, measuring its extent and variations over time in fourteen European countries. It addresses the question: who governs in European democratic regimes? Just a few decades ago, the answer would have been straightforward: party-men and (fewer) party-women. More recently, however, and in varying degrees across Europe, a greater proportion of non-politicians or experts have been recruited to government, as exemplified by the 2017 election of Emmanuel Macron to the French Presidency. These experts, frequently labelled “technocrats”, increasingly occupy key executive positions and have emerged as powerful actors in the decision-making process. This edited collection explores the contemporary debates surrounding the relationship between technocracy, democracy and political leadership, and will appeal to scholars and advanced students interested in these field.

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Presidentes e (Semi)Presidencialismo nas Democracias Contemporâneas

O regime republicano português foi um fenómeno precoce no quadro europeu, mas a sobrevivência deste ao longo do século XX, sobretudo considerando a longa experiência autoritária, demonstrou a rápida consolidação das instituições republicanas na sociedade portuguesa e, especialmente, em alguns segmentos das suas elites. Os presidentes, ainda que os seus poderes variassem muito ao longo dos últimos 100 anos, estiveram muitas vezes no centro da vida política portuguesa. Este livro tem como objetivo repensar o presidencialismo e o semipresidencialismo, colocando o caso português em contexto. Assim, a primeira parte repensa as definições e a prática política do semipresidencialismo. A segunda faz um balanço do presidencialismo na América Latina, em África e em Timor-Leste, e a terceira concentra-se no caso português, sobretudo nos dilemas mais recentes do impacto da crise de 2008 no segundo mandato do Presidente Cavaco Silva e nas eleições presidenciais de 2016, que deram a vitória a Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

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Crise leva um quinto dos portugueses a terem saudade dos tempos antes do 25 de Abril

Estudo mostra que continua a haver muito orgulho na transição para a democracia, mas também que a atitude em relação à vida da pós-revolução tem vindo a provocar algum desânimo.

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Dealing with the Legacy of Authoritarianism: The "Politics of the Past" in Southern European Democracies (New in Paperback)

In recent years the agenda of how to ‘deal with the past’ has become a central dimension of the quality of contemporary democracies. Many years after the process of authoritarian breakdown, consolidated democracies revisit the past either symbolically or to punish the elites associated with the previous authoritarian regimes. New factors, like international environment, conditionality, party cleavages, memory cycles and commemorations or politics of apologies, do sometimes bring the past back into the political arena.This book addresses such themes by dealing with two dimensions of authoritarian legacies in Southern European democracies: repressive institutions and human rights abuses. The thrust of this book is that we should view transitional justice as part of a broader ‘politics of the past’: an ongoing process in which elites and society under democratic rule revise the meaning of the past in terms of what they hope to achieve in the present.  

 

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The Europeanization of Portuguese Democracy

Driven primarily by political concerns to secure democracy, Portugal’s accession to the EU in 1986 also served as a catalyst for dynamic economic development following a complex process of democratization and the decolonization of Europe’s last empire. This book analyses how the European Union has helped shape the political process in Portugal on key institutions, elites, and its citizen’s attitudes.

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Rethinking Fascism and Dictatorship in Europe

Fascism exerted a crucial ideological and political influence across Europe and beyond. Its appeal reached much further than the expanding transnational circle of 'fascists', crossing into the territory of the mainstream, authoritarian, and traditional right. Meanwhile, fascism's seemingly inexorable rise unfolded against the backdrop of a dramatic shift towards dictatorship in large parts of Europe during the 1920s and especially 1930s. These dictatorships shared a growing conviction that 'fascism' was the driving force of a new, post-liberal, fiercely nationalist and anti-communist order. The ten contributions to this volume seek to capture, theoretically and empirically, the complex transnational dynamic between interwar dictatorships. This dynamic, involving diffusion of ideas and practices, cross-fertilisation, and reflexive adaptation, muddied the boundaries between 'fascist' and 'authoritarian' constituencies of the interwar European right.

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The Ends of European Colonial Empires: Cases and Comparisons (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series)

Authored by some of the leading experts of the field of decolonization studies, this volume provides a series of historical studies that analyse the diverse trajectories of the Portuguese, Belgian, French, British, and Dutch imperial demise, enabling comparative insights about the similarities and differences between the main events and processes involved. Addressing different geographies and taking into account diverse chronologies of decolonization, this volume explores the intersections between imperial and colonial endgames and histories of cold war, of development, of labour, of human rights and of international organizations, therefore elucidating their connection with wider, global historical processes. The volume concludes with an essay by John Darwin, 'Last Days of Empire'.

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Corporatism and Fascism: The Corporatist Wave in Europe (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right)

This book is the first conceptual and comparative empirical work on the relation between corporatism and dictatorships, bringing both fields under a joint conceptual umbrella. It operationalizes the concepts of social and political corporatism, diffusion and critical junctures and their particular application to the study of Fascist-Era dictatorships. The book’s carefully constructed balance between theory and case studies offers an important contribution to the study of dictatorships and corporatism.

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A Onda Corporativa. Corporativismo e ditaduras na Europa e na América Latina

Institucionalizadas no despertar de democratizações polarizadas, as ditaduras do Entre Guerras tenderam a escolher o corporativismo, tanto como um processo capaz de reprimir, quanto de cooptar o movimento trabalhista, os grupos de interesse e as elites, por meio dos legislativos "orgânicos". É a partir dessa perspectiva que este livro analisa os processos de adoção de instituições corporativas sociais e políticas em alguns países da Europa e da América Latina na primeira metade do século XX. Esta obra foi publicada originalmente em Portugal com o título 'A vaga corporativa' e esta expressão foi preservada em todo o texto.

Contact Information

Antonio Costa Pinto   |   acpinto@ics.ul.pt
Institute of Social Sciences   |   Av. Professor Anibal Betencourt, 9   |   1600-189 Lisbon   |   Portugal