This book documents the emergence of a new pattern of political instability in Latin America. Traditional military coups have receded in the region, but elected presidents are still ousted from power as a result of recurrent crises. 1999 IDRF Fellow Aníbal Pérez-LiÁ±án shows that presidential impeachment has become the main constitutional instrument employed by civilian elites to depose unpopular rulers. This book challenges classic assumptions in studies of presidentialism and provides important insights for the fields of political communication, democratization, political behavior, and institutional analysis. Buy from Amazon.