Politics of Latin America: The Power Game (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780190647407

Gary Prevost; Harry E. Vanden
640 Pages
165 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2017
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Politics of Latin America, Sixth Edition explores both the evolution and the current state of the political scene in Latin America. This text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and the importance of social conditions, gender, race, globalization, and political economy throughout Latin America. Unique in the market, the text is divided into two parts: chapters in the first half of the text explore big picture issues and themes in the region; chapters in the second half provide in-depth discussions of those issues and themes, country by country. The thematic chapters outline the region's geographic setting, history, economics, society, gender, race, and religion, setting the stage for a more detailed analysis of the politics, democratization, political culture, political movements, and revolution in Latin America. The second part of the book consists of carefully constructed case studies of ten representative Latin American nations: Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. Each case study traces the historical and political development of key actors and institutions, analyzing contemporary power configurations.


Maps and Frequently Cited Acronyms
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: Notes on Studying Politics in Latin America
1 An Introduction to Twenty-First Century Latin America
2 Early History
3 Democracy and Dictators: A Historical Overview from Independence to the Present Day
4 The Other Americans
5 Society, Family, and Gender
6 Religion in Latin America
7 The Political Economy of Latin America
8 Democracy and Authoritarianism: Latin American Political Culture
9 Politics, Power, Institutions, and Actors
10 Struggling for Change: Revolution, Social and Political Movements in Latin America
11 U.S.-Latin American Relations
12 Mexico
Nora Hamilton
13 Argentina
Aldo C. Vacs
14 Brazil
Wilber Albert Chaffee
15 Chile
Eduardo Silva
16 Colombia
John C. Dugas
17 Venezuela
Daniel Hellinger
18 Bolivia
Waltraud Q. Morales
19 Cuba
Gary Prevost
20 Guatemala
Susanne Jonas
21 Nicaragua
Gary Prevost and Harry E. Vanden
Appendix 1 Presidential Elections
Appendix 2 Recent Legislative Elections
Authors and Contributors

About the author: 

Harry Vanden is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of South Florida. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Inter-American Relations in an Era of Globalization (2007) and Latin American Social Movements in the Twenty-First Century: Resistance, Power, and Democracy (2008).; Gary Prevost is Professor of Political Science at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Neoliberalism and Neopanamericanism: The View from Latin America (2002) and The Bush Doctrine and Latin America (2007).

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