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Latin American Politics and Development : Seventh Edition



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For thirty yearsLatin American Politics and Developmenthas kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs in Latin America. Now in its seventh edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including three entirely new chapters on Bolivia, Ecuador, and Mexico. Other new material addresses the economic crisis in Argentina; Brazilrs"s continued economic and political progress; Chilers"s successful-if still tentative-combination of democracy, economic growth, and social equity; the continued challenge to Colombiars"s political system posed by guerillas, drug traffickers, and paramilitaries; Venezuelars"s continued flight from liberal democracy under Hugo Chavez; and Mexicors"s ongoing "civil war" as criminal organizations fight each other and the Mexican state to run drug trafficking and other criminal operations. In addition to detailed country-by-country chapters,Latin American Politics and Developmentprovides a comprehensive regional overview. Five foundational chapters by the editors cover the context of Latin American politics, the pattern of historical development, interest groups and political parties, government machinery, the role of the state and public policy, and the struggle for democracy.

Author Biography

Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and senior scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author or editor of numerous books, including A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (Westview).
Harvey F. Kline is professor of political science at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and the author of Colombia: Democracy under Assault and A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (Westview).

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Mapsp. vii
List of Acronymsp. ix
Preface to the Seventh Editionp. xi
The Latin American Tradition and Process of Developmentp. 1
The Context of Latin American Politicsp. 3
The Pattern of Historical Developmentp. 17
Interest Groups and Political Partiesp. 33
Government Machinery, the Role of the State, and Public Policyp. 59
The Struggle for Democracy in Latin Americap. 83
The Political Systems of South Americap. 99
Argentina in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 101
Brazil's New Way: The BRIC Road to Progressp. 130
Chilep. 168
Colombia: Violence, Resource Wealth, Transnational Forces, and a Vibrant Civil Societyp. 200
Peru: Authoritarian Traditions, Incomplete Democracyp. 234
Venezuela: Can Democracy Survive Electoral Caudillismo?p. 268
Uruguay: Balancing Growth and Democracyp. 304
Paraguay: Challenges in Democratic Consolidationp. 325
Bolivia: From Neoliberal Democracy to Multiethnic, Plebiscitarian Politicsp. 345
Ecuador: From Crisis to Left Turnp. 363
The Political Systems of Central and Middle America and the Caribbeanp. 383
Mexico: Democratization, Development, and Internal Warp. 385
Cuba: Development, Revolution, and Decayp. 420
Costa Ricap. 473
Nicaragua: The Politics of Frustrationp. 487
El Salvador: Civil War to Uncivil Peacep. 501
Guatemala: Democracy by Defaultp. 528
Honduras: Democracy in Distressp. 543
Panama: New Politics for a New Millennium?p. 558
The Dominican Republic: A Winding Road to Democracy and Developmentp. 574
Haiti: The Search for Democratic Governancep. 592
Conclusionp. 609
Latin America and the Futurep. 611
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 619
Indexp. 623
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