Latin American Politics and Development

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

Ninth Edition • July 18, 2017 • 528 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813350509 • $55.00 USD$71.50 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.

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  • 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.

    List of Tables and Maps
    List of Acronyms
    Preface to the Ninth Edition

    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. A Brief History of Latin America
    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
    8. Part II
      The Political Systems of South America

    9. Argentina: The Economic Tango Continues
    10. Linda Chen

    11. Brazil: The Politics of Elite Rule
    12. Britta H. Crandall

    13. Chile: From Democracy to Dictatorship and Back
    14. Peter M. Siavelis

    15. Colombia: Is Guerrilla Violence Near Its End?
    16. Harvey F. Kline

    17. Peru: Overcoming the Authoritarian Legacy at Last?
    18. Julio F. Carrión and David Scott Palmer

    19. Venezuela: Political Decay amid the Struggle for Regime Legitimacy
    20. David J. Myers

    21. Uruguay: Balancing Growth and Democracy
    22. Martin Weinstein and Jorge Rebella

    23. Paraguay: The Uneven Trajectory
    24. Sebastian A. Meyer

    25. Bolivia: Changes, Continuities, and Contradictions
    26. Miguel Centellas

    27. Ecuador: Change and Continuity After Ten Years of New Left Revolution
    28. Jennifer N. Collins

      Part III
      The Political Systems of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

    29. Mexico: Democratization and Violence
    30. José Luis Velasco

    31. Cuba: Revolution in the Balance?
    32. Juan M. del Aguila, Frank O. Mora, and Brian Fonseca

    33. Costa Rica
    34. Mitchell A. Seligson

    35. Nicaragua: An Uncertain Future
    36. Richard L. Millett

    37. El Salvador: Civil War to Uncivil Peace
    38. Christine J. Wade

    39. Guatemala: Breaking Free from the Past?
    40. Michael E. Allison

    41. Honduras: Democracy in Peril
    42. J. Mark Ruhl

    43. Panama: Political Culture and the Struggle to Build Democracy
    44. Orlando J. Pérez

    45. The Dominican Republic: Democracy, Still a Work in Progress
    46. Lilian Bobea

    47. Haiti: Searching for Democratic Governance
    48. Georges A. Fauriol

    About the Editors and Contributors

    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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