a1 University of California (Berkeley)
At first glance, Peruvian politics presents a chaotic scene to the political analyst. Demonstrations, riots, rebellions, electoral irregularities, coups and dictatorships: the political panorama unfolds so rapidly that there seems to be nothing permanent on which to base an analysis.
James Payne is a doctoral candidate at the University of California (Berkeley). Basic research for his article was done in Peru in 1961 under Oberlin's Junior Year Abroad Program.
* This paper has been prepared from a full-length study of labor and politics in Peru. Research was conducted in Peru during the entire year of 1961. Most of the information on which this study is based has come from over one hundred interviews with labor leaders, party politicians and government officials, supplemented by personal observation of meetings, assemblies, demonstrations and strikes. The writer is grateful to Drs. Aaron Wildavsky and Robert Anderson of the University of California (Berkeley) for their assistance in the preparation of this article.