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The Routinization of Political Innovation

The Routinization of Political Innovation

Resonance, Recognition, and Repetition

(p.191) 6 The Routinization of Political Innovation
Revolutionizing Repertoires
Robert S. Jansen
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains how the new populist practices developed in 1931 became routinized in Peru. Just because a political actor does something does not mean that this action will succeed or that it will become a go-to political practice for others. For this new practice to enter into the repertoire in a stable way, it has to be repeated by others; and for this to happen, it has to resonate with popular audiences and be recognized as useful by other political actors. Populist mobilization, although new for the context, shared enough similarities with previous ideas and practices to avoid appearing entirely foreign to popular audiences; it produced recognizable successes for its practitioners; and it was subsequently picked up by other Peruvian actors. Furthermore, the fact that politicians in other Latin American countries were aware of these events played an important—though by no means simplistically determinative—role in the development of populist strategies elsewhere in the region. This chapter demonstrates that this was the case and shows how it happened.

Keywords:   Latin America, Peru, political practice, populist mobilization, repertoires, routinization

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