ISBN : 9780190611347
Democracy in Latin America 3e examines processes of democratization in Latin America from 1900 to the present. Thoroughly revised and expanded, this new edition provides a widespread view of political transformation throughout the entire region. In clear and jargon-free prose, the book: Traces the origins and evolution of democracy in Latin America, Examines the adoption and reform of electoral institutions, Assesses the policy performance of contemporary democracies, Explores the political representation of women, workers, and indigenous peoples, Evaluates trends in public opinion, and Reveals the prevalence of "illiberal democracy." Adroitly blending qualitative and quantitative approaches, Democracy in Latin America 3e offers an innovative view of the "dialectic" of democratic change in Latin America. This interpretation draws upon new material concerning the rise of the "new Left," the relationship between social status and satisfaction with democracy, the effectiveness of antipoverty policies, changing roles of the judiciary, and the impact of the international environment. Readability is enhanced by the inclusion of numerous photographic illustrations and brief "boxes" with portraits of personalities, explanations about methodology, and comments on conceptual approaches.
Tables, Figures, and Maps
Introduction: Dimensions of Democracy
PART I: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES, 1900-2000
Cycles of Electoral Democracy
Transitions and Continuities
The Military: Heading for the Exits?
Global Contexts, International Forces
PART II: THE ELECTORAL ARENA
Presidents or Parliaments?
Elections: Voters, Winners, Losers
PART III: QUALITIES OF DEMOCRACY
State Capacity and Policy Performance
The Politics of Social Equity
The People's Verdict
PART IV: DEMOCRACY CONSIDERED
12 The Dialectic of Democracy
Epilogue: The Future of Democracy
APPENDIX 1 Classification of Electoral Regimes, 1900-2015
APPENDIX 2 Military Coups in Latin America, 1900-2015