Latin Amer in Compar Pers PB / Edition 1

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This book, the inaugural publication in a multivolume series entitled Latin America in Global Perspective, highlights the necessity and feasibility of analyzing Latin American society and politics within broad comparative frameworks.The rapidly changing agenda for social science research on the region calls for the rigorous application of new concepts and methodologies, especially in light of the apparent exhaustion of the “dependency” paradigm. The examination of broad themes, such as development strategies and processes of democratization, can be facilitated through systematic comparisons with other world regions, and the study of specific issues—such as electoral behavior or social inequality—requires the judicious use of quantitative measurement. The question, therefore, is not only what to investigate but also how.This volume brings together original research by distinguished scholars from a variety of countries. Analytical chapters explore methodological strategies for cross-regional comparison, intraregional comparison, and the application of rational choice; topical chapters offer new approaches to the study of women, state power, corporatism, and political culture. A concluding section examines the political significance of public opinion research in Mexico, Peru, and the former Soviet Union.
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Peter H. Smith is Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California at San Diego. He is the editor of Drug Policy in the Americas (Westview, 1992).
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
List of Acronyms
Ch. 1 The Changing Agenda for Social Science Research on Latin America 1
Ch. 2 Contending Paradigms for Cross-Regional Comparison: Development Strategies and Commodity Chains in East Asia and Latin America 33
Ch. 3 Purposes and Methods of Intraregional Comparison 59
Ch. 4 Uses and Limitations of Rational Choice 81
Ch. 5 Rewriting the Scripts: Gender in the Comparative Study of Latin American Politics 111
Ch. 6 Trajectory of a Concept: "Corporatism" in the Study of Latin American Politics 135
Ch. 7 Assessments of State Strength 163
Ch. 8 Reassessing Political Culture 195
Ch. 9 Polls, Political Discourse, and the Public Sphere: The Spin on Peru's Fuji-golpe 227
Ch. 10 Public Opinion Research in Mexico 257
Ch. 11 Public Opinion Research in Russia and Eastern Europe 275
About the Book 293
About the Editor and Contributors 295
Index 299
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