Politics Latin America examines the role of Latin America in the world and its importance to the study of politics with particular emphasis on the institutions and processes that exist to guarantee democracy and the forces that threaten to compromise it.
Now in its third edition and fully revised to reflect recent developments in the region, Politics Latin America provides students and teachers with an accessible overview of the region's unique political and economic landscape, covering every aspect of governance in its 21 countries. The book examines the international relations of Latin American states as they seek to carve out a role in an increasingly globalised world and will be an ideal introduction for undergraduate courses in Latin American politics, comparative politics, and other disciplines. This new edition will include:
updated references to scholarship and debates;
new themes such as environmental rights, women presidents, the Latin American Pope, Afro-Latinos, and the politics of sexual diversity;
examination of demographic change and social movements;
a new chapter on environmental economics and sustainable development.
This book is essential reading for undergraduates taking courses in Latin American Politics.
Gavin O'Toole has taught Latin American politics and democratic theory at Queen Mary University of London, and was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at London's Institute for the Study of the Americas. He is the author of The Reinvention of Mexico (2010), Environmental Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean (2014), and the co-editor of Che in Verse (2007).
Contents Introduction PART I AN INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY Chapter 1. From Independence to the 1930s Chapter 2. From the Great Depression to Democratization PART II INSTITUTIONS, PROCESSES, AND ACTORS Chapter 3. Democratization and the Quality of Democracy Chapter 4. The Challenges Facing Democracy Chapter 5. The Presidency Chapter 6. Legislatures, Parties, the Judiciary, and Public Administration Chapter 7. Established Political Actors Chapter 8. Civil Society and Emergent Political Actors PART III INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Chapter 9. Inter-State Relations within Latin America Chapter 10. The US and Latin America Chapter 11. Latin America, Europe, and Asia PART IV POLITICAL IDEAS Chapter 12. Left and Right Chapter 13. Identities: Nationalism, Race, Ethnicity, Ecologism, and Sexuality PART V ECONOMIC IDEAS Chapter 14. Structuralism, Dependency, and Redistributive Models Chapter 15. Neoliberalism Chapter 16. Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development APPENDICES Appendix A. Country Timelines and Factboxes Appendix B. Glossary