• Political Science

Latin American Politics

An Introduction, Second Edition
Author: David Close
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442636955
Category: Political Science
Page: 416
View: 4176
Latin American Politics, Second Edition is a thematic introduction to the political systems of all 20 Latin American countries. The approach is self-consciously comparative and encourages students to develop stronger comparative analysis skills through such topics as history, violence, democracy, and political economy. Fully updated and revised, this second edition also includes a new chapter on parties, elections, and movements. Each chapter is now framed by a prologue and an epilogue to engage students and provide more country-specific content.

    • Political Science

Politics Latin America

Author: Gavin O'Toole
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351996401
Category: Political Science
Page: 748
View: 3143
Politics Latin America examines the role of Latin America in the world and its importance to the study of politics with particular emphasis on the institutions and processes that exist to guarantee democracy and the forces that threaten to compromise it. Now in its third edition and fully revised to reflect recent developments in the region, Politics Latin America provides students and teachers with an accessible overview of the region’s unique political and economic landscape, covering every aspect of governance in its 21 countries. The book examines the international relations of Latin American states as they seek to carve out a role in an increasingly globalised world and will be an ideal introduction for undergraduate courses in Latin American politics, comparative politics, and other disciplines. This new edition will include: updated references to scholarship and debates; new themes such as environmental rights, women presidents, the Latin American Pope, Afro-Latinos, and the politics of sexual diversity; examination of demographic change and social movements; a new chapter on environmental economics and sustainable development. This book is essential reading for undergraduates taking courses in Latin American Politics.

    • Political Science

Women, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America

Author: Tomáš Došek,Flavia Freidenberg,Mariana Caminotti,Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349950092
Category: Political Science
Page: 243
View: 2606
This book discusses the current tendencies in women’s representation and their role in politics in Latin American countries from three different perspectives. Firstly, the authors examine cultural, political-partisan and organizational obstacles that women face in and outside institutions. Secondly, the book explores barriers in political reality, such as gender legislation implementation, public administration and international cooperation, and proposes solutions, supported by successful experiences, emphasising the nonlinearity of the implementation process. Thirdly, the authors highlight the role of women in politics at the subnational level. The book combines academic expertise in various disciplines with contributions from practitioners within national and international institutions to broaden the reader’s understanding of women in Latin American politics.

    • Amérique latine - Politique et gouvernement - 1830-1948

An Introduction to Latin American Politics

The Structure of Conflict
Author: Martin C. Needler
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Category: Amérique latine - Politique et gouvernement - 1830-1948
Page: 213
View: 581
This account of the political structure and problems of each Latin American country is current through the early 1980s.

    • History

Latin America

An Introduction
Author: Gary Prevost,Harry E. Vanden
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195340068
Category: History
Page: 355
View: 3242
Latin America: An Introduction endeavours to introduce the interested reader to that dynamic region that has come to be know as Latin America. It is based on the introductory section of Politics of Latin America, also by Harry Vanden and Gary Prevost. The text will offer students an accessible and interesting discussion of the key issues/topics of Latin America: democracy, revolution, indigenous population, culture, and relations with the US.

    • History

Afro-Latin American Studies

An Introduction
Author: Alejandro de la Fuente,George Reid Andrews
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107177626
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 8819
Examines the full range of humanities and social science scholarship on people of African descent in Latin America.

    • Political Science

Readings in Latin American Politics

Challenges to Democratization
Author: N.A
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division
Category: Political Science
Page: 562
View: 8780
This new and innovative reader focuses on challenges to the establishment, maintenance and deeping of democracy in Latin America. It is divided into two parts - the first focuses on important themes in the study of Latin American politics, while the second explores issues related to these themes in the context of specific countries. The text incorporates a variety of articles, from scholarly works that provide theoretical grounding on importat issues to more accessible pieces that provide immediacy and contectual detail.

    • Political Science

Latin American Politics and Development

Author: Howard J. Wiarda,Harvey F. Kline
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 0813349052
Category: Political Science
Page: 656
View: 9916
For over thirty years, Latin American Politics and Development has kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs and changes in Latin America. Now in its ninth edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including twenty new and revised chapters on Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The fully updated foundational section includes new chapters on political economy and U.S.-Latin American relations and covers the changing context of Latin American politics, the pattern of historical development, political culture, interest groups and political parties, government machinery, the role of the state and public policy, and the struggle for democracy. In addition to detailed country-by-country chapters, Latin American Politics and Development provides a comprehensive regional overview.

    • History

A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development

Author: Howard J. Wiarda,Harvey F. Kline
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 0813343534
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 9614
An incisive survey of the historical development, society, politics, government, and struggle for democracy in Latin America

    • Social Science

Introduction to Latin America

Twenty-First Century Challenges
Author: Peadar Kirby
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761973737
Category: Social Science
Page: 229
View: 4783
Introduction to Latin America provides a completely new introduction to the political, social and economic forces shaping this essential region of undergraduate study today. It is the first textbook to place Latin America within a genuinely global context and introduce the debates and impact of globalization, neoliberalism, democratization, and the environment.

    • Latin America

The Contemporary History of Latin America

Author: Tulio Halperín Donghi
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1349134368
Category: Latin America
Page: 427
View: 4148

    • History

Death Squads or Self-Defense Forces?

How Paramilitary Groups Emerge and Challenge Democracy in Latin America
Author: Julie Mazzei
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807898611
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 2726
In an era when the global community is confronted with challenges posed by violent nonstate organizations--from FARC in Colombia to the Taliban in Afghanistan--our understanding of the nature and emergence of these groups takes on heightened importance. Julie Mazzei's timely study offers a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics that facilitate the organization and mobilization of one of the most virulent types of these organizations, paramilitary groups (PMGs). Mazzei reconstructs in rich historical context the organization of PMGs in Colombia, El Salvador, and Mexico, identifying the variables that together create a triad of factors enabling paramilitary emergence: ambivalent state officials, powerful military personnel, and privileged members of the economic elite. Nations embroiled in domestic conflicts often find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place when global demands for human rights contradict internal expectations and demands for political stability. Mazzei elucidates the importance of such circumstances in the emergence of PMGs, exploring the roles played by interests and policies at both the domestic and international levels. By offering an explanatory model of paramilitary emergence, Mazzei provides a framework to facilitate more effective policy making aimed at mitigating and undermining the political potency of these dangerous forces.

    • Political Science

Human Rights in Latin America

A Politics of Terror and Hope
Author: Sonia Cardenas
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 081220154X
Category: Political Science
Page: 264
View: 7211
For the last half century, Latin America has been plagued by civil wars, dictatorships, torture, legacies of colonialism and racism, and other evils. The region has also experienced dramatic—if uneven—human rights improvements. The accounts of how Latin America's people have dealt with the persistent threats to their fundamental rights offer lessons for people around the world. Human Rights in Latin America: A Politics of Terror and Hope is the first textbook to provide a comprehensive introduction to the human rights issues facing an area that constitutes more than half of the Western Hemisphere. Leading human rights researcher and educator Sonia Cardenas brings together regional examples of both terror and hope, emphasizing the dualities inherent in human rights struggles. Organized by three pivotal topics—human rights violations, reform, and accountability—this book offers an authoritative synthesis of research on human rights on the continent. From historical accounts of abuse to successful transnational campaigns and legal battles, Human Rights in Latin America explores the tensions underlying a vast range of human rights initiatives. In addition to surveying the roles of the United States, relatives of the disappeared, and truth commissions, Cardenas covers newer ground in addressing the colonial and ideological underpinnings of human rights abuses, emerging campaigns for disability and sexuality rights, and regional dynamics relating to the International Criminal Court. Engagingly written and fully illustrated, Human Rights in Latin America creates an important niche among human rights and Latin American textbooks. Ample supplementary resources—including discussion questions, interdisciplinary reading lists, filmographies, online resources, internship opportunities, and instructor assignments—make this an especially valuable text for use in human rights courses.

    • History

Open Veins of Latin America

Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Author: Eduardo Galeano
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0853459916
Category: History
Page: 360
View: 342
Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx. Rather than chronology, geography, or political successions, Eduardo Galeano has organized the various facets of Latin American history according to the patterns of five centuries of exploitation. Thus he is concerned with gold and silver, cacao and cotton, rubber and coffee, fruit, hides and wool, petroleum, iron, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminum ore, nitrates, and tin. These are the veins which he traces through the body of the entire continent, up to the Rio Grande and throughout the Caribbean, and all the way to their open ends where they empty into the coffers of wealth in the United States and Europe. Weaving fact and imagery into a rich tapestry, Galeano fuses scientific analysis with the passions of a plundered and suffering people. An immense gathering of materials is framed with a vigorous style that never falters in its command of themes. All readers interested in great historical, economic, political, and social writing will find a singular analytical achievement, and an overwhelming narrative that makes history speak, unforgettably. This classic is now further honored by Isabel Allende's inspiring introduction. Universally recognized as one of the most important writers of our time, Allende once again contributes her talents to literature, to political principles, and to enlightenment.

    • History

An Environmental History of Latin America

Author: Shawn William Miller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521848539
Category: History
Page: 257
View: 8858
This book narrates the mutually mortal historical contest between humans and nature in Latin America. Covering a period that begins with Amerindian civilizations and concludes in the region's present urban agglomerations, the work offers an original synthesis of the current scholarship on Latin America's environmental history and argues that tropical nature played a central role in shaping the region's historical development. Seeing Latin America's environmental past from the perspective of many centuries illustrates that human civilizations, ancient and modern, have been simultaneously more powerful and more vulnerable than previously thought.

    • Political Science

Politics of Latin America

The Power Game
Author: Harry E. Vanden,Gary Prevost
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Political Science
Page: 603
View: 6619
With a combination of thematic chapters and individual country analysis, this book sets up the overall framework and theories behind Latin American politics. Including maps, timelines, bibliographies, and images, it is suitable for undergraduate courses on Latin American politics.

    • Political Science

The Soul of Latin America

The Cultural and Political Tradition
Author: Howard J. Wiarda
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300098365
Category: Political Science
Page: 417
View: 8991
To understand Latin America's political culture, and to understand why it differs so greatly from that of the United States, one must look beyond the political history of the region, Howard J. Wiarda explains in this comprehensive book. A highly respected expert on Latin American politics, Wiarda explores a sweeping array of Iberian and Latin American social, economic, institutional, cultural, and religious factors from ancient times to the twentieth century. He illuminates the distinctive political attitudes and traditions of Latin America as well as the unique-and not widely understood-features of present-day Latin American models of democracy. While Ibero-American and Western liberal traditions draw from the same classical thinkers, they often emphasize different ideas and reach different conclusions, Wiarda contends. He traces the influences of Rome, Islam, medieval Christianity, the Reconquest, and Iberian feudalism, and the powerful but largely unacknowledged effects of the Counter-Reformation on Iberian and Latin American civilizations. The author concludes with a discussion of recent changes in political culture and an assessment of the strength of democracy's hold in the nations of Latin America.--From publisher description.

    • Political Science

Political Corruption in Europe and Latin America

Author: Walter Little,Eduardo Posada-Carbó
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349245887
Category: Political Science
Page: 314
View: 9416
This book looks at political corruption in Latin American and Europe from both an historical and a contemporary angle. The approach is therefore comparative and interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars from history, political science, anthropology, sociology and economics. In addition to general essays, this book includes chapters analysing political corruption in individual countries: Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Paraguay and Mexico.

    • Political Science

The Political Economy of China–Latin America Relations in the New Millennium

Brave New World
Author: Margaret Myers,Carol Wise
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317214072
Category: Political Science
Page: 300
View: 7997
In this book, China-Latin America relations experts Margaret Myers and Carol Wise examine the political and economic forces that have underpinned Chinese engagement in the region, as well as the ways in which these forces have shaped economic sectors and policy-making in Latin America. The contributors begin with a review of developments in cross-Pacific statecraft, including the role of private, state-level, sub-national, and extra-regional actors that have influenced China-Latin America engagement in recent years. Part two of the book examines the variety of Latin American development trajectories borne of China’s growing global presence. Contributors analyse the effects of Chinese engagement on specific economic sectors, clusters (the LAC emerging economies), and sub-regions (Central America, the Southern Cone of South America, and the Andean region). Individual case studies draw out these themes. This volume is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on China-Latin America relations. It illuminates the complex interplay between economics and politics that has characterized China’s relations with the region as a second decade of enhanced economic engagement draws to a close. This volume is an indispensable read for students, scholars and policy makers wishing to gain new insights into the political economy of China-Latin America relations.

    • Business & Economics

Digital Technologies for Democratic Governance in Latin America

Opportunities and Risks
Author: Anita Breuer,Yanina Welp
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135046069
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 248
View: 4384
This book is the first to comprehensively analyse the political and societal impacts of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in a region of the Global South. It evaluates under what conditions some Latin American governments and people have succeeded in taking up the opportunities related to the spread of ICTs, while others are confronted with the pessimist scenario of increased, digitally induced social and democratic cleavages. Specifically, the book examines if and how far the spread and use of new ICT affected central aims of democratic governance such as reducing socio-economic and gender inequality; strengthening citizen participation in political decision making; increasing the transparency of legislative processes; improving administrative processes; providing free access to government data and information; and expanding independent spaces of citizen communication. The country case and cross-country explore a range of bottom-up driven initiatives to reinforce democracy in the region. The book offers researchers and students an interdisciplinary approach to these issues by linking it to established theories of media and politics, political communication, political participation, and governance. Giving voice to researchers native to the region and with direct experience of the region, it uniquely brings together contributions from political scientists, researchers in communication studies and area studies specialists who have a solid record in political activism and international development co-operation.