Latin American Politics and Society: A Comparative and Historical Analysis

Latin American Politics and Society

A Comparative and Historical Analysis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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No. of pages:658 pages
Size:245x189x28 mm
Weight:1390 g
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An engaging introduction to Latin America with a fresh, thematic approach to key political and social issues.

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Taking a fresh thematic approach to politics and society in Latin America, this introductory textbook analyzes the region's past and present in an accessible and engaging style well-suited to undergraduate students. The book provides historical insights into modern states and critical issues they are facing, with insightful analyses that are supported by empirical data, maps and timelines. Drawing upon cutting-edge research, the text considers critical topics relevant to all countries within the region such as the expansion of democracy and citizenship rights and responses to human rights abuses, corruption, and violence. Each richly illustrated chapter contains a compelling and cohesive narrative, followed by thought-provoking questions and further reading suggestions, making this text a vital resource for anyone encountering the complexities of Latin American politics for the first time in their studies.

'This book is impressive in scope and depth. It offers an introduction to Latin America for those unfamiliar with the region and a novel perspective for specialists - one centered on inequality and state weakness as conditioning factors for the attainment of full citizenship and for regime-level dynamics. Especially impressive is how the authors integrate cutting-edge scholarship across disciplines, a wealth of easy-to-interpret empirical data, and images that capture key ideas visually. Comparisons around topical themes offer frameworks for thinking through pressing questions, and invite inquiry into individual cases. Support materials for instructors are pedagogically careful and creative. This book will profoundly shape how we teach about Latin American politics in the years to come.' Santiago Anria, Dickinson College
Table of Contents:
Preface; Introduction: Latin American politics and society; Part I. A Historical Overview: 1. The state and state capacity; 2. Nation building, race, and ethnicity; 3. Political regimes and democracy; 4. Development models and socioeconomic welfare; Part II. Problems of Democracy in a Democratic Age: 5. Democracy and the quality of democracy: the never
-ending quest; 6. Political inclusion and institutional innovations: women, indigenous peoples, Afro
-descendants, and ordinary people; 7. Political parties and the citizen
-politician link: the persistent crisis of representation; Part III. Civil Rights as a Problem for Democracy: 8. The protection of civil rights: a pending task for democracies; 9. Transitional justice: responses to past human rights violations; 10. High
-level corruption: public officials against the public interest; 11. The new violence: homicides, drugs, and the state; Part IV. Social Rights as a Problem for Democracy: 12. Social rights in law and reality: the dilemmas of democracy in unequal societies; 13. Sustainable development and neoextractivism: growth, the environment, and social action; 14. Basic social inclusion and social policy: CCTs as a poverty reduction policy; 15. Unequal democracies: the paradox of political equality and social inequality; Conclusion: 16. Latin America in perspective: lessons and prospects; Appendix. A timeline of Latin America; Glossary; References; Index.