Latin American Politics is aimed at Latin American politics courses offered out of political science departments at the second- and third-year levels. Unlike many texts in this area, which tend to take a country-by-country approach, this book takes a thematic approach and covers such topics as Latin America's history, violence, democracy, and political economy. This approach is self-consciously comparative and encourages students to develop stronger comparative analysis skills. Fully updated and revised, this second edition includes a new chapter on parties, elections, and movements. Each chapter is now framed by a prologue and an epilogue to engage readers and provide more country-specific content.
David Close is Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Politics, Power, and the Common Good: An Introduction to Political Science, Fourth Edition (Pearson, 2015).
Preface Acknowledgments Acronyms Map 1. Studying Latin American Politics 2. Why History Matters 3. Latin America's Historic Power Elite: Stability and Change 4. Historic Modes of Governing: The Politics of Patrimonialism, Violence, and Instability 5. Political Institutions and the Machinery of Government 6. Unconstitutional Political Change: Coups, Insurgencies, and Revolutions as Contentious Politics 7. Democracy and Democratization 8. Political Economy and Economic Policy in Latin America 9. International Political Economy: The Politics of Latin America's International Economic Relations 10. Latin American International Relations 11. Latin America in Comparative Perspective Bibliography Index