Latin American Politics

An Introduction, Second Edition
Author: David Close
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442636955
Category: Political Science
Page: 416
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Latin American Politics, Second Edition is a thematic introduction to the political systems of all 20 Latin American countries. The approach is self-consciously comparative and encourages students to develop stronger comparative analysis skills through such topics as history, violence, democracy, and political economy. Fully updated and revised, this second edition also includes a new chapter on parties, elections, and movements. Each chapter is now framed by a prologue and an epilogue to engage students and provide more country-specific content.

An Introduction to Latin American Politics

The Structure of Conflict
Author: Martin C. Needler
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Category: Amérique latine - Politique et gouvernement - 1830-1948
Page: 213
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This account of the political structure and problems of each Latin American country is current through the early 1980s.

Politics Latin America

Author: Gavin O'Toole
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317861949
Category: Political Science
Page: 768
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"This is a volume which will become invaluable to those attempting to guide the neophyte through the maze of politics in Latin America" - Journal of Latin American Studies Politics Latin America examines the role of Latin America in the world and its importance to the study of politics with particular emphasis on the institutions and processes that exist to guarantee democracy and the forces that threaten to compromise it. Now in its second edition and fully revised to reflect recent developments in the region, Politics Latin America provides students and teachers with an accessible overview of the region’s unique political and economic landscape, covering every aspect of governance in its 21 countries. The book examines the international relations of Latin American states as they seek to carve out a role in an increasingly globalised world and will be an ideal introduction for undergraduate courses in Latin American politics and comparative politics.

Women, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America

Author: Tomáš Došek,Flavia Freidenberg,Mariana Caminotti,Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349950092
Category: Political Science
Page: 243
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This book discusses the current tendencies in women’s representation and their role in politics in Latin American countries from three different perspectives. Firstly, the authors examine cultural, political-partisan and organizational obstacles that women face in and outside institutions. Secondly, the book explores barriers in political reality, such as gender legislation implementation, public administration and international cooperation, and proposes solutions, supported by successful experiences, emphasising the nonlinearity of the implementation process. Thirdly, the authors highlight the role of women in politics at the subnational level. The book combines academic expertise in various disciplines with contributions from practitioners within national and international institutions to broaden the reader’s understanding of women in Latin American politics.

Afro-Latin American Studies

An Introduction
Author: Alejandro de la Fuente,George Reid Andrews
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107177626
Category: History
Page: 400
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Examines the full range of humanities and social science scholarship on people of African descent in Latin America.

Comparative Latin American Politics

Author: Ronald M. Schneider
ISBN: 145872624X
Page: 892
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Latin America is a region of great diversity and a rich laboratory for understanding the processes of political development and their interaction with economic growth, social modernization, and cultural influences. Highlighting crucial periods of dynamic socioeconomic and political change,Comparative Latin American Politicsprovides a balanced, concise overview of select Latin American countries without underestimating the complexities of a region noted for its striking differences. The book focuses on the dominant dyad of Mexico and Brazil while also considering in detail Argentina, Chile, Peru, Columbia, and Venezuela-seven countries that contain four-fifths of the region's inhabitants as well as an even higher proportion of its economy. Recognizing that political institutions and cultures are built over generations, author Ronald M. Schneider divides his analysis into two parts. Part one examines the period from independence to 1930, when countries were coping with an array of post-independence problems and challenges of national consolidation. Part two concentrates on 1930 to the present day and fleshes out current political practices and structures. Each part devotes chapters to specific country coverage as well as meaningful comparative perspectives that illuminate the political evolution of the region and offer salient lessons for other developing parts of the world. Contents Part One. Latin America: Independence to 1930 1. Comparative Perspectives: Independence to 1930 2. Brazil: Independence to 1930 3. Mexico and Argentina: Independence to 1930 4. Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile: Independence to 1930 Part Two. Latin America since 1930 5. Comparative Perspectives: Latin America since 1930 6. Brazil since 1930 7. Mexico since 1930 8. Argentina since 1930 9. Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Chile since 1930 Part Three. Comparative Perspectives and Outlook 10. Comparative Perspectives on Latin America's Political Development 11. A Look into the Future

Readings in Latin American Politics

Challenges to Democratization
Author: N.A
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division
Category: Political Science
Page: 562
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This new and innovative reader focuses on challenges to the establishment, maintenance and deeping of democracy in Latin America. It is divided into two parts - the first focuses on important themes in the study of Latin American politics, while the second explores issues related to these themes in the context of specific countries. The text incorporates a variety of articles, from scholarly works that provide theoretical grounding on importat issues to more accessible pieces that provide immediacy and contectual detail.

Introduction to Latin America

Twenty-First Century Challenges
Author: Peadar Kirby
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761973737
Category: Political Science
Page: 229
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Introduction to Latin America provides a completely new introduction to the political, social and economic forces shaping this essential region of undergraduate study today. It is the first textbook to place Latin America within a genuinely global context and introduce the debates and impact of globalization, neoliberalism, democratization, and the environment.

Latin American Politics and Development

Author: Howard J. Wiarda,Harvey F. Kline
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 0813349052
Category: Political Science
Page: 656
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For over thirty years, Latin American Politics and Development has kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs and changes in Latin America. Now in its ninth edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including twenty new and revised chapters on Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The fully updated foundational section includes new chapters on political economy and U.S.-Latin American relations and covers the changing context of Latin American politics, the pattern of historical development, political culture, interest groups and political parties, government machinery, the role of the state and public policy, and the struggle for democracy. In addition to detailed country-by-country chapters, Latin American Politics and Development provides a comprehensive regional overview.

Latin America

An Introduction
Author: Gary Prevost,Harry E. Vanden
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195340068
Category: History
Page: 355
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Latin America: An Introduction endeavours to introduce the interested reader to that dynamic region that has come to be know as Latin America. It is based on the introductory section of Politics of Latin America, also by Harry Vanden and Gary Prevost. The text will offer students an accessible and interesting discussion of the key issues/topics of Latin America: democracy, revolution, indigenous population, culture, and relations with the US.

Human Rights in Latin America

A Politics of Terror and Hope
Author: Sonia Cardenas
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 081220154X
Category: Political Science
Page: 264
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For the last half century, Latin America has been plagued by civil wars, dictatorships, torture, legacies of colonialism and racism, and other evils. The region has also experienced dramatic—if uneven—human rights improvements. The accounts of how Latin America's people have dealt with the persistent threats to their fundamental rights offer lessons for people around the world. Human Rights in Latin America: A Politics of Terror and Hope is the first textbook to provide a comprehensive introduction to the human rights issues facing an area that constitutes more than half of the Western Hemisphere. Leading human rights researcher and educator Sonia Cardenas brings together regional examples of both terror and hope, emphasizing the dualities inherent in human rights struggles. Organized by three pivotal topics—human rights violations, reform, and accountability—this book offers an authoritative synthesis of research on human rights on the continent. From historical accounts of abuse to successful transnational campaigns and legal battles, Human Rights in Latin America explores the tensions underlying a vast range of human rights initiatives. In addition to surveying the roles of the United States, relatives of the disappeared, and truth commissions, Cardenas covers newer ground in addressing the colonial and ideological underpinnings of human rights abuses, emerging campaigns for disability and sexuality rights, and regional dynamics relating to the International Criminal Court. Engagingly written and fully illustrated, Human Rights in Latin America creates an important niche among human rights and Latin American textbooks. Ample supplementary resources—including discussion questions, interdisciplinary reading lists, filmographies, online resources, internship opportunities, and instructor assignments—make this an especially valuable text for use in human rights courses.

Comparative Politics of Latin America

Democracy at Last?
Author: Daniel C. Hellinger
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134070071
Category: Political Science
Page: 574
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Students will explore and understand the evolutions and revolutions that have brought the region to where it is today in the fully-updated new edition of Daniel Hellinger’s Comparative Politics of Latin America. This text offers a unique balance of comparative politics theory and interdisciplinary country-specific context, of a thematic organization and in-depth country case studies, of culture and economics, of scholarship and pedagogy. No other textbook draws on such a diverse range of scholarly literature to help students understand the ins and outs of politics in Latin America today. Insightful historical background in early chapters provides students with a way to think about how the past influences the present. However, while history plays a part in this text, comparative politics is the primary focus, explaining through fully integrated, detailed case studies and carefully paced analysis such concepts as democratic breakdown and transition, formal and informal institutions, the rule of law, and the impact of globalization. Country-specific narratives integrate concepts and theories from comparative politics, leading to a richer understanding of both. Several important features of the 2nd edition ensure student success: Substantially reorganized text now with 16 chapters Focus Questions at the start of every chapter "For Review" boxes interspersed in every chapter to ensure comprehension New "Punto de Vista" boxes in every chapter, showcasing competing perspectives on democratization and development throughout the region Country locator maps spread throughout the book to help students orient themselves in the region "Democracy Snapshot" graphics show support for democracy in each Latin American country Bolded key terms focus attention on important concepts and a glossary at the end of the book provides a useful reference Discussion questions and Further Resources at the end of each chapter Integrated case studies on most countries in the region A companion website ( with discussion questions and other useful study aids.

The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Political Economy

Author: Javier Santiso,Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199747504
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 620
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Understanding Latin America's recent economic performance calls for a multidisciplinary analysis. This handbook looks at the interaction of economics and politics in the region and includes a number of contributions from top academic experts who have also served as key policy makers (a former president, ministers of finance, a central bank governor), reflecting upon the challenges of reform.

Politics of Latin America

The Power Game
Author: Harry E. Vanden,Gary Prevost
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Political Science
Page: 603
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With a combination of thematic chapters and individual country analysis, this book sets up the overall framework and theories behind Latin American politics. Including maps, timelines, bibliographies, and images, it is suitable for undergraduate courses on Latin American politics.

An Environmental History of Latin America

Author: Shawn William Miller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521848539
Category: History
Page: 257
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This book narrates the mutually mortal historical contest between humans and nature in Latin America. Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the region's present urban agglomerations, the work offers an original synthesis of the current scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development. Seeing Latin America's environmental past from the perspective of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, ancient and modern, have been simultaneously more powerful and more vulnerable than previously thought.

Political Corruption in Europe and Latin America

Author: Walter Little,Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349245887
Category: Political Science
Page: 314
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This book looks at political corruption in Latin American and Europe from both an historical and a contemporary angle. The approach is therefore comparative and interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars from history, political science, anthropology, sociology and economics. In addition to general essays, this book includes chapters analysing political corruption in individual countries: Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay and Mexico.

Death Squads or Self-Defense Forces?

How Paramilitary Groups Emerge and Challenge Democracy in Latin America
Author: Julie Mazzei
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807898611
Category: History
Page: 272
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In an era when the global community is confronted with challenges posed by violent nonstate organizations--from FARC in Colombia to the Taliban in Afghanistan--our understanding of the nature and emergence of these groups takes on heightened importance. Julie Mazzei's timely study offers a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics that facilitate the organization and mobilization of one of the most virulent types of these organizations, paramilitary groups (PMGs). Mazzei reconstructs in rich historical context the organization of PMGs in Colombia, El Salvador, and Mexico, identifying the variables that together create a triad of factors enabling paramilitary emergence: ambivalent state officials, powerful military personnel, and privileged members of the economic elite. Nations embroiled in domestic conflicts often find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place when global demands for human rights contradict internal expectations and demands for political stability. Mazzei elucidates the importance of such circumstances in the emergence of PMGs, exploring the roles played by interests and policies at both the domestic and international levels. By offering an explanatory model of paramilitary emergence, Mazzei provides a framework to facilitate more effective policy making aimed at mitigating and undermining the political potency of these dangerous forces.

Contemporary Latin American Social and Political Thought

An Anthology
Author: Iván Márquez
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742539921
Category: History
Page: 391
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This anthology offers the first serious, broad-ranging collection of English translations of significant Latin American contributions to social and political thought spanning the last forty years. Iván Márquez has judiciously selected narratives of resistance and liberation; ground-breaking texts in Latin American fields of inquiry such as liberation theology, philosophy, pedagogy, and dependency theory; and important readings in guerrilla revolution, socialist utopia, and post–Cold War thought, especially in the realms of democracy and civil society, alternatives to neoliberalism, and nationalism in the context of globalization. Highlighting the vitality, diversity, and originality of Latin American thought, this anthology will be invaluable for students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities.

The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America

The Art of Organising Hope
Author: A. Dinerstein
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137316012
Category: Political Science
Page: 282
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The author contests older concepts of autonomy as either revolutionary or ineffective vis-à-vis the state. Looking at four prominent Latin American movements, she defines autonomy as 'the art of organising hope': a tool for indigenous and non-indigenous movements to prefigure alternative realities at a time when utopia can be no longer objected.