Comparative Politics of Latin America Democracy at Last?
Edition: 2nd 2014 (Revised)
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Description: This text offers a unique balance of comparative politics theory and interdisciplinary country-specific context, of a thematic organization and in-depth country case studies, of culture and economics, of scholarship and pedagogy. No other textbook draws on such a diverse range of scholarly literature to help students understand the ins and outs of politics in Latin America today.The insightful historical background in early chapters provides students with a way to think about how the past influences the present. However, while history plays a part in this text, comparative politics is the primary focus, explaining through detailed case studies and carefully paced analysis such concepts as democratic breakdown and transition, formal and informal institutions, the rule of law, and the impact of globalization. Concepts and theories from comparative politics are well integrated into country-specific narratives and vice versa, leading to a richer understanding of both.Several important features of the 2nd edition ensure student success:Dramatically streamlined text now with 16 chaptersFocus Questions at the start of every chapter "For Review" boxes interspersed in every chapter to ensure comprehension NEW "Punto de Vista" boxes in every chapter, showcasing competing perspectives on democratization and development throughout the regionCountry locator maps spread throughout the book to help students orient themselves in the regionNEW "Democracy Snapshots" graphics show support for democracy in each Latin American country Bolded key terms focus attention on important concepts Glossary at the end of the book provides a useful reference Discussion questions at the end of each chapter Integrated case studies on most countries in the region A companion website with practice quizzes and other useful study aids.
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Copyright year: 2014
Publication date: 12/17/2014
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall