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Politics in Latin America, 2nd Edition

  • Charles H. Blake James Madison University
  • ISBN-10: 0618802517  |  ISBN-13: 9780618802517
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $95.25

About

Overview

Approaching Latin American politics and government from a political science perspective, Politics in Latin America focuses on three unifying themes central to Latin America today--the challenges of development, liberty, and governance. These themes are fully and consistently integrated into the country studies, which examine seven important Latin American countries. The first four chapters provide a historical overview and describe the historical and theoretical importance of each of these challenges. Then each country study discusses the challenges as they pertain to that particular country. In the process of examining these three challenges, the text considers their implications for the future of democracy in the region.

Features and Benefits

  • Governing Strategies boxes highlight regimes' different approaches to the three challenges.
  • Global Perspectives features compare Latin American countries with countries outside the region.
  • Concepts in Action features show how theories and issues discussed in the text play out in Latin American political practice.
  • Research Question boxes summarize an academic journal article, introducing students to contemporary political research
  • Supportive pedagogy includes key terms highlighted in boldface, maps, end-of-chapter activities and exercises, suggested readings, endnotes, and a glossary.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Latin American Politics
A Tale of Two Women and Two Countries
The Challenges of Development, Liberty, and Governance
The Plan of This Book
2. A Bird's-Eye View of Latin American History (1492 to 1979
The Colonial Era (1492-1809)
The Independence Movement (1810s and 1820s)
The Age of Political Instability (1820s to 1870s)
The Age of State Building and Free Trade (1880s to 1920s)
The Second Wave of Democratization and the Rise of State Capitalism
(1930s to 1950s)
The Age of Authoritarian Reaction (1960s and 1970s)
3. The Context of Contemporary Latin American Politics (1980 to the Present)
The Economic Context
The International Context
The Societal Context
The Political Context
Democracy and the Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
4. The Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
The Quest for Development
The Quest for Liberty
The Quest for Governance
5. Argentina
Historical Background from 1880 to 1983
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
6. Brazil
Historical Background from 1889 to 1985
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
7. Chile
Historical Background from 1891 to 1989
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
8. Cuba
Historical Background from 1868 to 1990
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
9. Guatemala
Historical Background from 1871 to 1996
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
10. Mexico
Historical Background from 1876 to 1988
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
11. Venezuela
Historical Background from 1908 to 1993
Contemporary Political Framework
Political Participation
The Contemporary Quest for Development, Liberty, and Governance
12. Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-first Century
The Quest for Development Revisited
The Quest for Liberty Revisited
The Quest for Governance Revisited
Democracy in Latin America
Glossary
Index

What's New

  • New! Updated coverage of the contemporary quests for development, liberty, and governance includes the dynamics of political backlash against market-oriented economic policies; the expansion of human rights investigations and trials in several countries; and the debate over "illiberal democracy" in Latin America and around the world.
  • New! Expanded coverage includes the Néstor Kirchner government's changes to economic and human rights policies in Argentina as well as its efforts to increase presidential authority.
  • New! Updated discussion of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's presidency covers social welfare reforms, the corruption scandal controversies, and an analysis of the October 2006 elections in Brazil.
  • New! Analysis of the 2005 constitutional reforms in Chile includes a discussion of the start of Michelle Bachelet's presidency following her January 2006 electoral victory.
  • New! Updated coverage of Cuba discusses the changes in Cuban political dynamics following the 2006 illness of Fidel Castro.
  • New! Expanded coverage of the Oscar Berger government in Guatemala includes the debate over the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement and efforts to implement various provisions of the Guatemalan Peace Accords pertaining to indigenous peoples.
  • New! Analysis of the recent presidential campaign in Mexico includes an examination of the protests led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador following the July 2006 elections.
  • New! Expanded coverage of Hugo Chávez's presidency in Venezuela includes analyses of the 2004 recall election and the 2005 legislative elections as well as an examination of the December 2006 presidential elections.
  • New! The cross-national analysis in Chapter 12 of all Latin American countries, which examines the relationship between economic development, respect for liberty, governance patterns, and public support for democracy, has been updated through 2006. Latin American Countries covered include Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, and Venezuela.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Charles H. Blake

Charles Blake is an Associate Professor of Political Science at James Madison University, where he has taught since 1992. He earned his Ph.D. from Duke University. In addition to teaching Latin American Politics, his other courses include Introduction to Comparative Politics and Research Methods. He also directs the university's study abroad program based in Salamanca, Spain.