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Governing Latin America

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2371-9
256 pages
October 2003, Polity
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Governing Latin America is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the contemporary politics of the region. Focusing on the enduring difficulties of achieving democratic stability, it explores the conduct of government through classic concepts like authority, accountability, and participation.

  • The book brings Latin America into mainstream, comparative politics.
  • The book combines regional and international perspectives into an original synthesis.
  • The book is organized around comparative topics, not particular countries.
  • The focus is on government and the difficulties of achieving democratic stability.
  • The approach is thematic and uses classic concepts of political science.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Introduction: Governing Latin America.

Part I: Authority And Power.

1. Authoritarianism And Democracy In Latin America.

2. Latin America And The Democratic Universe.

Part II: Accountability And Legitimacy.

3. Government And Citizens.

4. Constitutionalism And The Rule Of Law.

Part III: Representation, Political And Social Rights.

5. Political Parties.

6. Presidents, Legislatures, And Elections.

7. Political And Social Rights.

Part IV: Participation, Contestation, And Civil Rights.

8. New Political Actors.

9. Minority And Indigenous Rights.

10. Uneven Democratic Performance.

Notes.

References.

Index

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Professor Joe Foweraker is in the Department of Government, University of Essex.


Todd Landman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex.


Neil Harvey, Associate Professor, Department of Government, New Mexico State University

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  • The book brings Latin America into mainstream, comparative politics.
  • The book combines regional and international perspectives into an original synthesis.
  • The book is organized around comparative topics, not particular countries.
  • The focus is on government and the difficulties of achieving democratic stability.
  • The approach is thematic and uses classic concepts of political science.
See More
"Governing Latin America offers a superb overview of contemporary politics throughout the region. It blends original research with expansive synthesis in a way that is informative, provocative, and stimulating. The treatment of social movements is especially remarkable. I would recommend this book to students, colleagues, and the general reading public."

Peter H. Smith, University of California

"This is destined to become the essential text for courses on Latin American politics. It draws on contemporary political science for its analytical approach, and marries this with a lively and informed discussion of political development in Latin America. I know of no other book that succeeds so well in compressing a complicated story into a coherent and compelling narrative."

Alan Angell, University of Oxford

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