Comparative Politics of Latin America
Democracy at Last?, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2014
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:
Introduction Part I: Comparative Political Theory and Latin American Area Studies 1. Conceptions of Democracy 2. Whose Democracy? The Few and the Many in Latin American Politics Part II: The Impact of History: Colonial and Post-Colonial Latin America 3. Colonial Legacies and Early Nation Building 4. Post Colonial Latin America – Sovereign but Dependent 5. Populism and the Search for Development in the Twentieth Century 6. States, Markets, and Latin American Political Economy Part III: Regime Transition in Latin America7. Democratic Breakdown, Military Coups, and Dictatorship 8. Transitions and ‘Pacted’ Democracies in Brazil and the Southern Cone 9. Transitions from Party Dominant Regimes in Mexico and Venezuela 10. Democracy in Times of Insurgency and Revolution Part IV: Institutions, Civil Society, and Rule of Law 11. Social Class and Social Conflict in Latin America's Civil Society 12. Media, Elections, and Parties 13. Institutions, Governance, and the Power Game 14. Human Rights, Corruption, and the Judiciary Part V: Latin America in the World 15. Democracy in Times of Globalization16. No One’s Backyard Anymore
Daniel C. Hellinger is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Relations program at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. He has published numerous scholarly articles and books on Latin American politics, is past president of the Venezuelan Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association, serves as a Participating Editor for Latin American Perspectives, serves on the advisory board for the Washington based Center for Democracy, and regularly comments on Latin American politics for the InterAmerican Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor.