Democracy in Latin America Political Change in Comparative Perspective
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Description: 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2005
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Peter H. Smith is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Notre Dame.
|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|
|Classification of Electoral Regimes, 1900-2000|