Politics of Latin America: The Power Game

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Now in its fifth edition, Politics of Latin America explores both the evolution and the current state of politics in Latin America. Distinguishing itself from more traditional works on the subject, this unique text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and the importance of social conditions, gender, race, globalization, class, and political economy throughout Latin America.

The first part of the text features thematic chapters that outline the ...

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Overview

Now in its fifth edition, Politics of Latin America explores both the evolution and the current state of politics in Latin America. Distinguishing itself from more traditional works on the subject, this unique text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and the importance of social conditions, gender, race, globalization, class, and political economy throughout Latin America.

The first part of the text features thematic chapters that 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, along with U.S.-Latin American relations. The second part of the book consists of carefully constructed case studies of ten representative Latin American nations: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Each case study traces the historical and political development of key actors and institutions, analyzing contemporary power configurations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This outstanding overview balances major comparative themes with selected Latin American case studies written by country experts. Analysis of the region's historical context, social structure (highlighting class, race, gender, religion and family), political economy, regime transitions, social/political movements, and global context make this an ideal text for undergraduate courses in Latin American politics, sociology, and history. Students will appreciate the accessible writing and updated tables and charts."—Richard Stahler-Sholk, Eastern Michigan University

"Politics of Latin America has many excellent features and is probably the single best hybrid of thematic and country approaches."—Philip Meeks, Creighton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199340255
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 646
  • Sales rank: 652,087
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry E. Vanden is Professor of Latin American Studies, Political Science, and International Studies at the University of South Florida.

Gary Prevost is Professor of Political Science at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction Notes on Studying Politics in Latin America

1 An Introduction to Twenty-First Century Latin America 1

2 Early History 18

3 Democracy, Dictators, and Tio Sam: A Historical Overview from Independence to the Present Day 41

4 The Other Americans 80

5 Society, Family, and Gender 103

6 Religion in Latin America 130

7 The Political Economy of Latin America 149

8 Democracy and Authoritarianism: Latin American Political Culture 180

9 Politics, Power, Institutions, and Actors 190

10 Struggling for Change: Revolution, Social and Political Movements in Latin America 239

11 Guatemala Susanne Jonas Jonas, Susanne 268

12 Mexico Nora Hamilton Hamilton, Nora 300

13 Cuba Gary Prevost Prevost, Gary 338

14 Brazil Wilber Albert Chaffee Chaffee, Wilber Albert 368

15 Argentina Aldo C. Vacs Vacs, Aldo C. 394

16 Chile Eduardo Silva Silva, Eduardo 430

17 Venezuela Daniel Hellinger Hellinger, Daniel 462

18 Colombia John C. Dugas Dugas, John C. 494

19 Nicaragua Gary Prevost Prevost, Gary Harry E. Vanden Vanden, Harry E. 524

20 Bolivia Waltraud Q. Morales Morales, Waltraud Q. 556

App. 1 Presidential Elections 589

App. 2 Recent Legislative Elections 598

Index 611

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