Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America / Edition 3

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Overview

The Latest Edition of this acclaimed text examines four themes vital to building market-oriented democracies in Latin America: the development of democratic institutions, globalization's impact, sociopolitical integration, and market reforms. Within these broad themes, the contributors explore how issues such as the performance of political parties, civilian control of the military, human rights protections, and executive-legislative relations are playing out in eight countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. They find a mixed record on many fronts and discuss the uncertain state of democracy in several Latin American states in light of recent institutional setbacks and attempts to overhaul the political sphere.
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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Takes a close look at the status of democratic regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean... A remarkable collaborative achievement and provides a quick, authoritative, and handy reference that will be invaluable to students.
Revista

This book is pioneering in its approach and striking in its findings. It is essential reading for anyone interested in economic development in Mexico and Latin America or development economics.

Foreign Affairs - Richard Feinberg

Each and every chapter offers insightful, rewarding commentaries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801890055
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2008
  • Series: An Inter-American Dialogue Book
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorge I. Domínguez is the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including Consolidating Mexico's Democracy: The 2006 Presidential Campaign in Comparative Perspective and Democratic Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean, both published by Johns Hopkins. Michael Shifter is president of the Inter-American Dialogue and adjunct professor of Latin American studies at Georgetown University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Pt. I Introduction

1 Emerging Trends and Determining Factors in Democratic Governance Michael Shifter Shifter, Michael 3

Pt. II Themes

2 The Fading Regional Consensus on Democratic Convergence Laurence Whitehead Whitehead, Laurence 13

3 The Backlash against Market Reforms in Latin America in the 2000s Javier Corrales Corrales, Javier 39

4 Political Inclusionand Social Inequality: Women, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous Peoples Mala Htun Htun, Mala 72

Pt. III Country Studies

5 Argentina:Democracy and Institutional Weakness Steven Levitsky Levitsky, Steven 99

6 Bolivia: EvoMorales and Democracy Eduardo A. Gamarra Gamarra, Eduardo A. 124

7 Brazil: Democracy under Lula and the PT David Samuels Samuels, David 152

8 Chile: The End of the Unfinished Transition Peter M. Siavelis Siavelis, Peter M. 177

9 Colombia: Democratic Security and Political Reform Fernando Cepeda Ulloa Ulloa, Fernando Cepeda 209

10 Mexico: Dysfunctional Democracy Denise Dresser Dresser, Denise 242

11 Peru: A Missed Opportunity Carlos Ivan Degregori Degregori, Carlos Ivan 264

12 Venezuela: Delegative Democracy or Electoral Autocracy? David J. Myers Myers, David J. 285

Pt. IV Conclusion

13 Three Decades since the Start of the Democratic Transitions Jorge I. Dominguez Dominguez, Jorge I. 323

Notes 353

Index 401

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Reading Group Guide

This comprehensive [book] takes a close look at the status of democratic regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean . . . This is a remarkable collaborative achievement and provides a quick, authoritative, and handy reference that will be invaluable to students.
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