This paper argues that the existence of a stable party political system depends on three crucial capacities. The capacity to maintain a technological superiority over competitors and new potential entrants, the capacity to express over long periods preferences and expectations of relevant social niches, and the capacity to link both the best 'political technologies' available and the preferences of social groups to a concrete experience of government. It shows how, in these three senses, the Peruvian DT parties were critically undermined, and discusses why the recovery has been so feeble.
Sanin, F. G., Deconstruction without Reconstruction? The Case of Peru (1978-2004), Working Paper No.63 (Series 1), 2005, London, UK; Crisis States Research Centre, 24 pp.