Politics of Latin America: The Power Game

Paperback | July 23, 2014

byHarry E. Vanden, Gary Prevost

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Now in its fifth edition, Politics of Latin America explores both the evolution and the current state of politics in Latin America. Distinguishing itself from more traditional works on the subject, this unique text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and theimportance of social conditions, gender, race, globalization, class, and political economy throughout Latin America.

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Now in its fifth edition, Politics of Latin America explores both the evolution and the current state of politics in Latin America. Distinguishing itself from more traditional works on the subject, this unique text demonstrates a nuanced sensitivity to the use and abuse of power and theimportance of social conditions, gender, race, glo...

Harry E. Vanden is Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida. Gary Prevost is Professor of Political Science at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

*=New to this EditionMaps and Frequently Cited AcronymsPrefaceIntroduction: Notes on Studying Politics in Latin America1. An Introduction to Twenty-First Century Latin AmericaGeographyOnce There Were Rain ForestsThe PeopleThe LandThe Cities Explode: Urbanization2. Early HistoryPeople in the Americas before the ConquestThe ConquestHow Could They Do It?Early ColonyProduction, Trade, and Extraction of RichesThe ChurchColonial State OrganizationGovernmental OrganizationThe Bourbon Reforms3. Democracy and Dictators: A Historical Overview from Independence to the Present DayIndependenceEarly Drive for Independence in Hispanic AmericaBrazilian IndependenceEarly Years of IndependenceThe Aftermath of Independence and the Monroe Doctrine1850-18801880-1910Post-1910The Cold War and Change4. The Other AmericansEuropean JustificationThe Role of Sugar and SlaveryResistance to SlaveryConcept of RaceContemporary Struggle of the Indigenous PeopleConclusion5. Society, Family, and GenderFamily and Gender RolesClass, Gender, Race, and MobilityHomosexuality and Transgenderism6. Religion in Latin AmericaIndigenous Religious PracticeColonial Catholic ChurchThe Church in Modern Latin AmericaA New Political RoleImpact of Liberation TheologyProtestantism and PentecostalismAfrican-Inspired ReligionsJudaismConclusion7. The Political Economy of Latin AmericaOn Economics and Political EconomyThe Latin American EconomyAgrarian ProductionForeign Investment and Enclave ProductionDependency and UnderdevelopmentRaul Prebisch and the ECLADependency TheoryImport Substitution IndustrializationExport OrientationIncreasing Foreign Debt and the Debt CrisisStructural Adjustment and the Move to NeoliberalismPrivatization and NeoliberalismRegional Integration, NAFTA, and the Globalization ProcessEconomic LegacyTwenty-First-Century Prospects8. Democracy and Authoritarianism: Latin American Political CultureAuthoritarian Legacy and Weak Democratic TraditionDemocratizationConclusion9. Politics, Power, Institutions, and ActorsConstitutionsInstitutionsPolitical ActorsRural PoorConclusion10. Struggling for Change: Revolution, Social and Political Movements in Latin AmericaCubaNicaraguaEl SalvadorGuatemalaColombiaPeruArgentine ManifestationChiapas: Regional VictoryEcuadorNew Social Movements and New Politics* BoliviaConclusion11. U.S.-Latin American RelationsTerritorial Expansion: Confrontation with MexicoDreams of CubaEconomic TransformationGunboat Diplomacy, the Big Stick, and Dollar DiplomacyDemocracy and World War IIThe Rio Treaty and the Organization of American StatesGuatemalan CaseAlliance for ProgressNational Security DoctrineSeptember 11 Coup in ChileCounterinsurgencyCold War in Central AmericaLatin America and the Post-Cold War WorldLatin American InitiativesProspects for the FutureNorth America: Mexico12. Mexico, Nora HamiltonIntroductionHistorical TrajectoryEconomic Development and the "Perfect Dictatorship": 1940-1982Economic Liberalization and Political Transition: 1982-2000Toward an Uncertain Future: 2000-2010South America: Southern Cone/The ABC Powers13. Argentina, Aldo C. VacsPolitical EvolutionEconomic Crisis, Political Upheaval, and the Return of PopulismPolitics and PowerLooking Forward: Argentina's Political Prospects14. Brazil, Wilber Albert ChaffeeIntroductionA Brief Political HistoryDemocratic InterludeMilitary RuleThe "New Republic"Political EconomyForeign PolicyGeography of InequalityA Culture of DiscriminationThe Political SystemThe PresidentThe LegislatureThe CourtsPolitical PartiesInterest GroupsThe AmazonBrazil Today15. Chile, Eduardo SilvaIntroductionPolitical EconomyPolitical HistoryMilitary GovernmentPower and PoliticsChilean Government StructuresInterest GroupsConclusionSouth America: Andean Countries16. Colombia, John C. DugasEconomic and Social ContextPolitical HistoryThe Colombian Political Regime: Constitutional Structure and Actual Practice17. Venezuela, Daniel HellingerGeography and PeopleRace and GenderVenezuela's History and Its Uses TodayOil Changes EverythingThe Punto Fijo Regime and the Rise and Fall of "Partyarchy"From Decay to Collapse of the Punto Fijo SystemSurvival PoliticsVenezuela's "Bolivarian" Constitution and Institutional FrameworkPolitical Actors in Bolivarian VenezuelaEconomic and Development Strategies in Bolivarian Venezuela18. Bolivia, Waltraud Q. MoralesIntroductionGeopolitical OverviewEarly HistoryColonial Rule (1532-1809)Independence and Caudillo Rule (1809 1879)The War of the Pacific (1879-1884)Republican Government (1880 1932)The Chaco War and the Coming of Revolution (1932-1951)From Revolution to Military Dictatorship (1952-1982)Transition to Democratic RuleIndigenous Resurgence and Populist Democracy* Refounding Bolivia* What's Ahead for Morales and BoliviaCuba and the Caribbean19. Cuba, Gary PrevostIntroductionHistoryRevolutionRevolution in PowerDecade of the 1970s: Economic ChangesPolitical ProcessInternational RelationsCuban Response to the Collapse of the Soviet Union* U.S.-Cuban Relations20. Guatemala, Susanne JonasPrecolonial, Colonial, and Neocolonial HistoryThe Revolution of 1944-1954 and the 1954 CIA InterventionAftermath: Chronic CrisisInsurgency and Counterinsurgency in the 1970s-1980sTransition to Restricted Civilian RuleSocial Crisis and Reemergence of Social MovementsGuatemala's Peace Process (1990-1996)21. Nicaragua, Gary Prevost and Harry E. VandenThe Modern EraCarlos Fonseca and the Roots of the FSLNTurning Point for RevolutionThe FSLN in PowerConsolidating Political InstitutionsThe 1990 Election and AfterThe 1996 Elections and the Evolving Party SystemNeoliberalism and the EconomySocial ConditionsNicaraguan Government StructuresInterest GroupsLiberal PartiesConclusionAppendix 1. Presidential ElectionsAppendix 2. Recent Legislative ElectionsAuthors and ContributorsIndex

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"Politics of Latin America has many excellent features and is probably the single best hybrid of thematic and country approaches." --Philip Meeks, Creighton University