Latin American Politics and Development

Edited by Howard J. Wiarda, Harvey F. Kline

Eighth Edition • December 31, 2013 • 528 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813349046 • $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 in Latin America. Now in its eighth edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including twenty entirely new chapters on Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. New material addresses Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chávez, Mexico and the continuing drug war, Cuba as Raúl Castro changes the revolution of his brother Fidel, and important changes with new presidents in Colombia, Uruguay, and Chile. In addition to detailed country-by-country chapters, Latin American Politics and Development provides a comprehensive regional overview. Five foundational chapters by the editors cover the changing context of Latin American politics, the pattern of historical development, interest groups and political parties, government machinery, the role of the state and public policy, and the struggle for democracy.

Howard J. Wiarda is 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 is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development.

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: State-Building by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, 2002-2006, and  Chronicle of a Failure Foretold: The Peace Process of Colombian President Andrés Pastrana, among others.

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

Part I     The Latin American Tradition and Process of Development               
Howard J. Wiarda and Harvey F. Kline
1              The Context of Latin American Politics
2              The Pattern of Historical Development
3              Interest Groups and Political Parties
4              Government Machinery, the Role of the State, and Public Policy
5              The Struggle for Democracy in Latin America

Part II   The Political Systems of South America     
6              Argentina in the Twenty-first Century
Linda Chen
7              Brazil: A Unique Country
Iêda Siqueira Wiarda
8              Chile: Alternative Approaches to Development
Paul E. Sigmund
9              Colombia: Unfading Glory and Furrows of Pain
Vanessa Joan Gray
10           Peru in the Twenty-First Century: Confronting the Past, Charting the Future
Julio F. Carrión and David Scott Palmer
11           The Legacy of Charisma: Venezuelan Politics after Hugo Chávez
David Myers
12           Uruguay: Balancing Growth and Democracy
Ronald H. McDonald and Martin Weinstein
13           Paraguay: The Problems and Politics of Democratic Institutionalization
Paul C. Sondrol
14           Bolivia: From Neoliberal Democracy to Multiethnic, Plebiscitarian Politics
Fabrice Lehoucq
15           Ecuador: From Crisis to Left Turn
 Jennifer N. Collins

Part III  The Political Systems of Central and Middle America and the Caribbean       
16           Mexico: Democratization, Development, and Internal War
Judith A. Gentleman
17           Cuba: Revolution in the Balance?
Juan M. del Aguila and Frank O. Mora
18           Costa Rica
Mitchell A. Seligson
19           Nicaragua: The Politics of Frustration
Richard L. Millett
20           El Salvador: Civil War to Uncivil Peace
Christine J. Wade
21           Guatemala: Progress and Peril in an Age of Globalization
Dwight Wilson
22           Honduras: Fragile Democracy
J. Mark Ruhl
23           Panama: The Challenge of Governance in Boom Times
Steve C. Ropp
24           The Dominican Republic: A Winding Road to Democracy and Development
Esther Skelley Jordan
25           Haiti: Conflict and the Search for Democratic Governance
Georges A. Fauriol

Part IV  Conclusion
26           Latin America and the Future
Howard J. Wiarda and Harvey F. Kline

About the Editors and Contributors

“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 complimented 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

Praise for the Previous Editions:

“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

“The book is particularly strong in making students familiar with the characteristics of each country, including physical, economic, political, and cultural features.” —Ana Margheritis, University of Florida

“Most of the chapters are written by top county experts (in particular, Paul Sigmund on Chile; Scott Palmer on Peru; David Myers on Venezuela; Fabrice Lehoucq on Bolivia; Cathy Conaghan on Ecuador; Mitch Seligson on Costa Rica; Richard Millett on Nicaragua; Tommie Sue Montgomery and Christine Wade on El Salvador; Mark Ruhl on Hunduras; Steve Ropp on Panama; and Georges Fauriol on Haiti) and are knowledgeable and accurate.” —Cynthia McClintock, George Washington Univeristy

“The strengths of the Wiarda and Kline book are that many of the country chapters are well-written and follow a similar outline.” —Sherrie Baver, CUNY, City College

“The greatest strength is the breadth of country coverage by contemporary country specialists. 20 countries including major countries like Peru as well as all Central American and a couple of Caribbean countries (besides Cuba). Country analyses are ideologically neutral for the most part. Historical narratives are usually of appropriate length and have been kept up to date. Analytical themes are usually jargon free and therefore accessible to more general college audiences.” —Philip Meeks, Creighton University

“It covers many more countries than other textbooks; all of the chapters have the same structure so the students know exactly where to find the information they need in each chapter; each chapter addresses key aspects of the politics of each country, such as the structure of the state and the political system, the key actors, the economy, external relations, a brief history, geography, etc.” —Pablo Toral, Beloit College

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