Latin American Politics: An Introduction

Latin American Politics: An Introduction

By: David Close (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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

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  • ISBN13: 9781442636927
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781442636927
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 1442636920

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