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Democracy in Latin America : Political Change in Comparative Perspective

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ISBN13:

9780195157598

ISBN10:
0195157591
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/24/2005
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

Democracy in Latin America examines processes of democratization in Latin America from 1900 to the present. Organized thematically, with a unique historical perspective, the book provides a widespread view of political transformation throughout the entire region.

Author Biography

Peter H. Smith is Professor of Political Science and Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Maps ix
Preface xiii
Introduction: Dimensions of Democracy 1(18)
PART I: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES, 1900-2000
1 Cycles of Electoral Democracy
19(25)
2 Transitions and Continuities
44(29)
3 The Military: Heading for the Exits?
73(34)
4 Global Contexts, International Forces
107(30)
PART II: THE ELECTORAL ARENA
5 Exploring Institutional Alternatives
137(19)
6 Varieties of Presidentialism
156(27)
7 Elections: Voters, Winners, and Losers
183(30)
PART III: QUALITIES OF DEMOCRACY
8 State Capacity and Policy Performance
213(24)
9 The Politics of Social Equity
237(26)
10 Freedoms, Rights, and Illiberal Democracy
263(22)
11 The People's Verdict
285(28)
PART IV: DEMOCRACY CONSIDERED
12 The Taming of Democracy
313(14)
Epilogue: The Future of Democracy 327(20)
APPENDIX I Classification of Electoral Regimes, 1900 -2000 347(7)
APPENDIX 2 Military Coups in Latin America, 1900-2000 354(2)
APPENDIX 3 Key Variables in Statistical Analysis 356(5)
Suggested Readings 361(6)
Index 367


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