This popular introduction to Latin American politics probes behind the current events and reveals the fundamental economic and political dynamics shaping events and driving policy. Using the paradigm of politics as a game, domestic and foreign players are identified and the rules that govern their interaction are described. This analytical framework is then used in detailed analyses of the strategies of development that have dominated Latin American politics. Chapters are devoted to democratic reform, military authoritarianism, and revolutionary politics with detailed examples from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. This third edition brings all national cases up to date, analyzing the rise of democratic governance as well as the challenges presented by unprecedented foreign debts. Special attention is given to the restoration of constitutional democracy in Argentina and Brazil, and a systematic comparison of the movements in those countries is developed. More information and analysis on Cuba and Nicaragua are provided and emphasis is given to the 1988 election in Mexico. New material on the foreign debt crisis, the Roman Catholic Church, and the armed forces is also given.
Updates (2nd ed. was 1984) Wynia's (political science, Carleton College) introduction to Latin American politics. His paradigm of choice is game theory, and he applies it well, identifying the players (foreign and domestic) and the rules governing their interaction. His chapter on Chile is a winner. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
List of maps and tables; Preface to the third edition; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Part I. Understanding Latin American Politics: 1. The Latin American predicament; 2. The rules of the Latin American game; 3. Players - I; 4. Players - II; 5. The stakes in the game; Part II. The Political Games Played in Latin America: 6. Mexico: Whose game is it?; 7. Chile: democracy destroyed; 8. Venezuela: democracy preserved; 9. Brazil: populists, authoritarians, and democrats; 10. Argentina: populists, authoritarians, and democrats; 11. Cuba: a communist revolution; 12. Nicaragua: revolution the Sandinista way; Appendix; Index.