Los Que Mandan

By Jose Luis de Imaz
Translated by Carlos A. Astiz & Mary F. McCarthy

Paperback : 9780873950732, 279 pages, June 1970
Hardcover : 9780873950442, 279 pages, June 1970

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Table of contents



1. Presidents, Governors, Members of the National Cabinet

2. The Political Teams and Their Interests

3. The Armed Forces - Part One

4. The Armed Forces - Part Two

5. The Argentine Rural Society

6. The Largest Landowners

7. The Entrepreneurs - Part One

8. The Entrepreneurs - Part Two

9. The Church

10. The Professional Politicians

11. The Union Leaders

12. Argentina Without a Governing Elite

13. An Appendix: From 1964 to 1968

Analyzes the political process in Argentina.


This pioneering work, now available for the first time in English, seeks to analyze the political process in Argentina, a nation that has long aspired to political leadership of Latin America but has failed to fulfill its aspiration because of political fragmentation and factionalism.

In determining who holds power in Argentina, Professor Imaz assembled information on the social backgrounds of political leaders and party workers, military officers, large landowners, managers and owners of industry and commerce, the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, and officials of labor unions. This considerable amount of data for the years 1936–1961 provides the basis for a comparison of the processes of recruitment and the different social outlooks of the various elites.

Professor Imaz's frequently cited book has gone through six printings in Argentina since first publication in 1964. For the English translation, he has added material that brings the data up to date. Professor Astiz has provided an introduction that places the study in context for those who are not familiar with Argentine history and politics.

José Luiz de Imaz teaches at Catholic University of Buenos Aires. Carlos A. Astiz teaches at the State University of New York at Albany.


"I believe that the book is one of the most important empirical studies which has been done in Latin America. As far as I know, it is the only analysis for any Latin American country which goes into detail concerning the social origins, academic backgrounds and the like of the different elites. " — Seymour Martin Lipset, Harvard University