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Latin America's Struggle for Democracy (08 Edition)by Larry Diamond
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Almost thirty years have passed since Latin America joined democracy's global third wave, and not a single government has reverted to what was once the most common form of authoritarianism: military rule. Behind this laudable record, however, lurk problems that are numerous and deep, ranging from an ominous resurgence of antidemocratic and economically irresponsible populism to the fragility and unreliability of key democratic institutions.
A new addition to the Journal of Democracy series, this volume ponders both the successes and the difficulties that color Latin American politics today. The book brings together recent articles from the journal and adds new and updated material. In these essays, a distinguished roster of contributors thoughtfully examines democratic problems and prospects from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego.
The first section assesses regionwide trends, including the forces behind the much-discussed political turn to the left, the travails of the presidential form of government, the challenges of integrating newly mobilized indigenous populations into politics, the need for major reform in labor markets, and the implications of rising populism for democratic institutions and governance. The second section features important case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The final section surveys Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Contributors: Jorge G. Castaneda, Matthew R. Cleary, Catherine M. Conaghan, Javier Corrales, Consuelo Cruz, Lucia Dammert, Daniel P. Erikson, Luis Estrada, Eric Farnsworth, Steven Levitsky, Scott Mainwaring, Cynthia McClintock, Marco A. Morales, Maria Victoria Murillo, Michael Penfold, Alejandro Poire, Eduardo Posada-Carbo, Christopher Sabatini, Hector E. Schamis, Andreas Schedler, Mitchell A. Seligson, Lourdes Sola, Arturo Valenzuela, Donna Lee Van Cott
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The uniting theme of this book's 19 essays is the challenge of achieving true democracy that continues to face Latin American countries, most of which have left behind military rule for a "new left" government but who struggle against poverty, globalization, corruption, and other obstacles to popular democracy. Early chapters address region-wide trends including interrupted presidencies, the challenges of integrating indigenous populations into politics, problems in labor, and the implications of rising populism for democratic institutions and governance. The second and third sections comprise case studies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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