In this summary of research about contemporary Argentine politics, Luigi Manzetti scans the political culture and the power conflicts that define today's Argentina. He uses a variety of sources, including public-opinion data, voting behaviour and detailed interviews with policy-makers, business leaders and analysts. Manzetti aims to develop a general theory of interest group behaviour, from the inception of these groups in Argentina until the Menem administration. He argues that Argentine political parties have not served the ideal function of reconciling social conflicts. Nor have they brought legitimacy to key national institutions like the presidency, Congress and the judiciary. In the absence of such mediation, vested interests such as the armed forces, organised labour, agricultural producers and industralists have taken matters into their own hands in a brutal struggle for power in Argentina. The book should be useful reading for academic professionals and college-level courses in Latin-American history and politics. It should also be of interest to policy researchers, government officials and business leaders, as well as all concerned with contemporary political events in Argentina.