Latin American Politics and Development

Edited by Harvey F. Kline, Christine J. Wade, and Howard J. Wiarda

Ninth Edition • July 12, 2017 • 528 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813350509 • $55.00 USD$71.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813350745 • $35.99 USD$45.99 CAN

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For over thirty years, Latin American Politics and Development has kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs and changes in Latin America. Now in its ninth edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including twenty new and revised chapters on Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The fully updated foundational section includes new chapters on political economy and U.S.–Latin American relations and covers the changing context of Latin American politics, the pattern of historical development, political culture, interest groups and political parties, government machinery, the role of the state and public policy, and the struggle for democracy. In addition to detailed country-by-country chapters, Latin American Politics and Development provides a comprehensive regional overview.

Harvey F. Kline is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Alabama. He is the author of numerous books including Colombia: Democracy Under Assault, A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development, Historical Dictionary of Colombia, Showing Teeth to the Dragons, and Chronicle of a Failure Foretold, among others.

Christine J. Wade is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College. She is the author of Captured Peace: Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador and co-author of Understanding Central America and Nicaragua: Emerging from the Shadow of the Eagle.

Howard J. Wiarda was Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations at the University of Georgia and senior associate in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. He was the author or editor of numerous books, including A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development.

Part I The Latin American Tradition and Process of Development – Harvey F. Kline and Christine J. Wade
1 The Context of Latin American Politics
2 The Pattern of Historical Development
3 Actors, Interest Groups, and Political Parties
4 State Institutions and Public Policy
5 The Political Economy of Latin America
6 Latin America and the United States
7 The Struggle for Democracy in Latin America
Part II The Political Systems of South America
8 Argentina: The Economic Tango Continues – Linda Chen
9 Brazil: The Politics of Elite Rule – Britta H. Crandall
10 Chile: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Back – Peter M. Siavelis
11 Colombia: Is Guerrilla Violence Near Its End? – Harvey F. Kline
12 Peru: Overcoming the Authoritarian Legacy At Last? – Julio F. Carrión and David Scott Palmer
13 Venezuela: Political Decay amid the Struggle for Regime Legitimacy – David J. Myers
14 Uruguay: Balancing Growth and Democracy – Martin Weinstein and Jorge Rebella
15 Paraguay: The Uneven Trajectory of Politics – Sebastian A. Meyer
16 Bolivia: Changes, Continuities, and Contradictions – Miguel Centellas
17 Ecuador: Change and Continuity After Ten Years of New Left Revolution – Jennifer N. Collins
Part III The Political Systems of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
18 Mexico: Democratization and Violence – José Luis Velasco
19 Cuba: Revolution in the Balance? – Juan M. del Aguila, Frank O. Mora, and Brian Fonseca
20 Costa Rica – Mitchell A. Seligson
21 Nicaragua: An Uncertain Future – Richard L. Millett
22 El Salvador: Civil War to Uncivil Peace – Christine J. Wade
23 Guatemala: Breaking Free from the Past? – Michael E. Allison
24 Honduras: Democracy in Peril – J. Mark Ruhl
25 Panama: Political Culture and the Struggle to Build Democracy – Orlando J. Pérez
26 The Dominican Republic: Democracy, Still a Work in Progress – Lilian Bobea
27 Haiti: Searching for Democratic Governance – Georges A. Fauriol

Praise for Prior Editions

“Thanks to the painstaking efforts on the part of the volume’s contributors, who have continually endeavored to keep this well-established political science anthology up-to-date, the 8th edition of Latin American Politics and Development offers a comprehensive and current examination of politics, economics, and society across contemporary Latin America. Its analytical detail at the national level is complemented by the global perspective its contributors bring to their particular chapters, making the volume a useful contribution to the analysis of recent trends in individual countries, as well as a helpful resource for tracing general patterns of political change throughout the region over the 20th and early 21st centuries.” —Delaware Review of Latin American Studies

“Gathered from writers who are experts in regions throughout Latin America, the chapters vividly highlight important historical events as well as current political challenges facing these nations. This book remains a staple in the field of Latin American politics. Highly recommended.” —Choice

“This is the outstanding textbook in comparative Latin American politics.” —Jorge I. Dominguez, Harvard

“This book contains comprehensive chapters by recognized experts on the twenty most important Latin American countries. Taken together, these chapters provide the best available introduction to Latin American politics and government for undergraduate students.” —Richard Eric Hartwig, Texas A&M-Kingsville

“This edited work offers a comprehensive analysis of the multicultural complexities of the myriad of issues confronting Latin America today. . . . For students of Latin American politics and inter-American relations, Wiarda and Kline’s text is informative and intellectually challenging and is worth buying and careful reading.” —ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs

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