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Democracy in Latin America

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Democracy in Latin America 3e examines processes of democratization in Latin America from 1900 to the present. Thoroughly revised and expanded, this new edition provides a widespread view of political transformation throughout the entire region. In clear and jargon-free prose, the book: Traces the origins and evolution of democracy in Latin America, Examines the adoption and reform of electoral institutions, Assesses the policy performance of contemporary democracies, Explores the political representation of women, workers, and indigenous peoples, Evaluates trends in public opinion, and Reveals the prevalence of "illiberal democracy." Adroitly blending qualitative and quantitative approaches, Democracy in Latin America 3e offers an innovative view of the "dialectic" of democratic change in Latin America. This interpretation draws upon new material concerning the rise of the "new Left," the relationship between social status and satisfaction with democracy, the effectiveness of antipoverty policies, changing roles of the judiciary, and the impact of the international environment.

Readability is enhanced by the inclusion of numerous photographic illustrations and brief "boxes" with portraits of personalities, explanations about methodology, and comments on conceptual approaches.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentComparative politicsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical structures: democracy Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 18/07/2016 ISBN-13: 9780190611347  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A former president of the Latin American Studies Association, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World 4e (OUP, 2013) and coauthor of Modern Latin America 8e (OUP, 2014). His works have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.; Cameron Sells is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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