Regimes and Democracy in Latin America: Theories and Methods

Paperback | May 17, 2007

EditorGerardo L. Munck

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This volume focuses on democracy in Latin America, and both assesses the state of current knowledge on the topic and identifies new research frontiers in the study of Latin American politics. It provides an overview of research agendas and strategies used in the literature over the past fourdecades. It tackles a series of central questions-What is democracy? Is democracy an absolute value? Are current conceptualizations of democracy adequate? How and why does democracy work or fail in Latin America?-and spells out the implications of answers to these questions for current researchagendas. It distinguishes between qualitative and quantitative approaches to the conceptualization and measurement of democracy, and presents a dataset on political regimes and democracy that illustrates how the differences between these two standard approaches might be overcome. Finally, itevaluates the strengths and weaknesses of conventional methods used to generate and test explanations of the causes and consequences of democracy, and proposes alternative ways to advance ongoing substantive debates given the current state of theory and data.The contributors are scholars from the United States and Latin America who are experts on Latin America, and who have established reputations as theorists and methodologists. The volume will be of interest to readers seeking to understand debates about democracy in developing societies and to graspthe concepts, theories and methods that are currently being developed to study Latin American politics.

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This volume focuses on democracy in Latin America, and both assesses the state of current knowledge on the topic and identifies new research frontiers in the study of Latin American politics. It provides an overview of research agendas and strategies used in the literature over the past fourdecades. It tackles a series of central quest...

Gerardo Munck, Argentinian by birth, received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California in San Diego and teaches in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on political regimes and democracy, methodology, and Latin America.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:May 17, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199219907

ISBN - 13:9780199219902

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Gerardo Munck: Introduction. Research Agendas and Strategies in the Study of Latin American Politics1. Gerardo Munck: The Study of Politics and Democracy: Touchstones of a Research Agenda2. Sebastian L. Mazzuca: Reconceptualizing Democratization: Access to Power versus Exercise of Power3. Royce Carroll and Matthew Soberg Shugart: Neo-Madisonian Theory and Latin American Institutions4. Michael Coppedge: Thickening Thin Concepts: Issues in Large-N Data Generation5. Scott Mainwaring, Daniel Brinks and Anibal Perez-Linan: Classifying Political Regimes in Latin America, 1945-20046. Michael Coppedge: Theory Building and Hypothesis Testing: Large-N vs. Small-N Research on Democratization7. Jason Seawright: Democracy and Growth: A Case Study in Failed Causal Inference8. Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan: Why Regions of the World Are Important: Regional Specificities and Region-Wide Diffusion of Democracy9. Andrew C. Gould and Andrew J. Maggio: Democracy, Dictatorship and Economic Development: A Model of Reference-Dependent Choices With Experimental DataReferencesIndex