Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective / Edition 1

by Peter H. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195157591

ISBN-13: 9780195157598

Pub. Date: 02/24/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Democracy in Latin America examines processes of democratization in Latin America from 1900 to the present. Organized thematically, with a unique historical perspective, the book provides a widespread view of political transformation throughout the entire region.

Adroitly blending qualitative and quantitative approaches, Democracy in Latin America offers a new and

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Democracy in Latin America examines processes of democratization in Latin America from 1900 to the present. Organized thematically, with a unique historical perspective, the book provides a widespread view of political transformation throughout the entire region.

Adroitly blending qualitative and quantitative approaches, Democracy in Latin America offers a new and startling explanation for the prevalence of electoral democracy in modern-day Latin America and presents an indepth analysis of political challenges now confronting the region as a whole-including poverty, inequality, and criminality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195157598
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/24/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : dimensions of democracy1
1Cycles of electoral democracy19
2Transitions and continuities44
3The military : heading for the exits?73
4Global contexts, international forces107
5Exploring institutional alternatives137
6Varieties of presidentialism156
7Elections : voters, winners, and losers183
8State capacity and policy performance213
9The politics of social equity237
10Freedoms, rights, and illiberal democracy263
11The people's verdict285
12The taming of democracy313
Epilogue : the future of democracy327
App. 1Classification of electoral regimes, 1900-2000347
App. 2Military coups in Latin America, 1900-2000354
App. 3Key variables in statistical analysis356

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