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Democracy in Latin America (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780190611347

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¥15,312
Author: 
Peter Smith; Cameron Sells
Pages
416 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2016
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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.

Index: 

Tables, Figures, and Maps
Preface
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?
Institutional Designs
Elections: Voters, Winners, Losers

PART III: QUALITIES OF DEMOCRACY
State Capacity and Policy Performance
The Politics of Social Equity
Illiberal Democracy
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
Suggested Readings
Index

About the author: 

Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A former president of the Latin American Studies Association, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World 4e (OUP, 2013) and coauthor of Modern Latin America 8e (OUP, 2014). His works have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.; Cameron Sells is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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