Democracy in Latin America Political Change in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 0195157591
ISBN-13: 9780195157598
Edition: 2005
Authors: Peter H. Smith
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This book details the processes of democratization in Latin America today. Smith looks at some of the key issues that inhere in the move toward democracy - elections, culture, representation, poverty, and criminality, among others - through a focus on six paradigmatic "case studies" in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Examining factors such as history, the economy, and individual societies, Smith analyzes what is new and different about thecurrent phase of democracy in the region. Accompanying the text are numerous photographs, maps, tables, figures to aid his analysis. There is particular attention to providing extensive empirical data necessary to convey basic information and analysis. To enhance readability, boxed material is diffusedthroughout the text, presenting illustrative anecdotes, explantions of methodology, and comments on perceptual approaches. Peter Smith is a highly respected scholar, Director of Latin American Studies at the University of California at San Diego. His Talons of the Eagle focuses on the relationship between Latin America and the United States, and he is the co-author of the seminal contemporary history of the region, Modern Latin America. Both of these titles are published by OUP, and both have gone through multiple editions. This book fits neatly into the Latin American studies coursemarket.

Peter H. Smith is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Notre Dame.

Preface
Tables
Figures
Maps
Introduction: Dimensions of Democracy
Historical Perspectives, 1900-2000
Cycles of Electoral Democracy
Transitions and Continuities
The Military: Heading for the Exits?
Global Contexts, International Forces
The Electoral Arena
Exploring Institutional Alternatives: Presidentialism or Parliamentarism?
Varieties of Presidentialism
Elections: Voters, Winners, Losers
Qualities of Democracy
State Capacity and Policy Performance
Democracy and Social Equity
Freedoms, Rights, and Illiberal Democracy
The People's Verdict
The Taming of Democracy
Epilogue: The Challenge of Democracy
Appendices
Classification of Electoral Regimes, 1900-2000

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