Since the early 1980s, Latin American countries have been innovative in a range of policy and cultural experiences, including health care, voting, pensions, and multiculturalism. And yet, their policy innovations are rarely found in textbooks. This book addresses that gap, providing a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of both the history of "looking down" at Latin America and the political, economic, and cultural "lessons" (including successes, failures, and unintended consequences) that should inform important policy discussions around the world.
Kirk Bowman is Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His most recent book is Peddling Paradise: The Politics of Tourism in Latin America (2013). Felipe Arocena is Professor of Sociology at the Universidad de la Rep blica, Uruguay. He has published or edited 10 books, including 2 in the United States: William Henry Hudson: Life, Literature, and Science (2003) and Entrevistas Cubanas: Historias de una Naci n Dividida (2004). He has been Visiting Professor at several universities in Europe, Latin America, and North America, including Dartmouth College, Universit du Qu bec Montr al, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Catholic University of America.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Would You Like to go to South America? Part I: Politics: Elections and Participation 2. Gender and Representation 3. Counting the Votes and Aggregating Political Preferences 4. Demilitarization and Peace Promotion Part II: Cultural Rights: Racism, Discrimination and Multiculturalism 5. The Awakening of Indigenous Culture: The Case of Bolivia 6. Brazil: Where Were the Blacks? 7. Latino Immigration into the United States: A Paradigm Shift from Assimilation to Multiculturalism Part III: Social Policy, Inequality, and the Beautiful Game 8. The Delayed Revolution and the Rise of the South 9. Retirement with Dignity? Lessons from Pension Reform in Chile and Beyond 10. Global Lessons from the Beautiful Game Conclusion References Index