A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development


Howard J. Wiarda; Harvey F Kline

Second Edition • July 1, 2006 • 272 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813343532 • $40.00 USD$83.99 CAN

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This succinct overview of the political factors that condition social and economic development in Latin America is the perfect core text in courses on politics, government, social change, and transitions to democracy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is la member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author or editor of numerous Westview books including An Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (with Harvey Kline) and Civil Society: The American Model and Third World Development. He is also a contributing co-editor (with Harvey Kline) of Latin American Politics and Development, Sixth Edition (2007, Westview).

Harvey Kline is professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and the author of Colombia: Democracy under Assault, Second Edition (1995, Westview), An Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development, Second Edition (with Howard J. Wiarda), and Latin American Politics and Development, Sixth Edition (with Howard J. Wiarda).

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Wiarda and Kline’s classic text in its newest edition continues to be an excellent introduction to politics and government in Latin America.
— Mark Ruhl, Glenn and Mary Todd Professor of Political Science, Dickinson College

“Professors Wiarda and Kline offer an updated edition of their excellent primer on Latin American politics. Their clear, comprehensive and balanced structural approach will benefit both undergraduate and graduate students. Using the process of democratization as their conceptual framework, Wiarda and Kline are especially strong in identifying and explaining the roles of the various political actors and political parties, as well as the unique role of the state, in the complex milieu of Latin American political culture. They provide a concise and useful discussion of the historical origins of that culture as well as an analysis of the contemporary political scene for all of Latin America.”
— Blair Turner , Professor of History, Professor of International Studies and Political Science, Virginia Military Institute

Wiarda and Kline offer the most succinct and poignant introduction to Latin American politics on the market today. The thematic organization focuses attention on key themes running through the study of politics of the region and inspires more comparative analyses from students. This new edition highlights and updates the continuing struggle going in the region for democracy in its many forms.
— Ronald Ahnen, St. Mary’s College of California

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