The 2006 Peruvian elections are an appropriate moment to reflect on Alejandro Toledo's term as president and on the broader agenda for building a more inclusive and democratic government. In a country of extreme social inequality, such an aspiration represents an ermous challenge. The sudden collapse of the which Fujimori regime - which had dominated Peru for the 1990s - and Toledo's election victory in 2001 seemed to provide an opportunity for institutional reform and rebuilding. The impetus proved short-lived, as the new president's popularity sank to unprecedented levels and public support for Peru's democratic institutions continued to hemorrhage. This book suggests that the challenges of institutional development run very deep and are t peculiar to any one government. Institutional change in Peru is part of a much wider process of transformation from an oligarchic society. Contributors include Paulo Dri (University of Manchester, UK), Cynthia Sanborn (Centro de Investigaciones, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru), Carlos Monge (Participacion Ciudadana, Lima, Peru), Fernando Rospigliosi (Instituto de Estudios Peruas, Lima, Peru), Pedro Franck (Departamento de Ecomia, Universidad Catolica, Lima, Peru), Fernando Eguren (Centro Perua de Ciencias Sociales, Lima, Peru), Rosemary Thorp (Queen Elizabeth House/St Antony's College, Oxford, UK), Eduardo Dargent (University of Texas, Austin, USA), Coletta Youngers (Washington Office on Latin America, Washington D.C. USA), Francisco Durand (University of Texas, San Antonio, USA), Jose Tavara (Departamento de Ecomia, Universidad Catolica, Lima, Peru and OSIPTEL), and Richard Webb (Instituto Cuanto and Central Bank of Peru).
John Crabtree is a research associate at Oxfod University's Latin American Centre, and has written widely on the politics of the Andean countries. He is the author of Peru under Garcia: An Opportunity Lost and editor of Fujimori's Peru: The Political Economy .