This succinct overview of the political factors that condition social and economic development in Latin America is the perfect core text in courses on politics, government, social change, and transitions to democracy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Table of Contents
1. The Context of Latin American Politics
2. The Pattern of Historical Development
3. Changing Political Culture
4. Class, Social Structure, Social Change
5. Interest Groups
6. Political Parties
7. Government Machines, the Role of the State, and Public Policy
8. The Struggle for Democracy in Latin America
9. Conclusion: Democracy in Latin America
Howard J. Wiarda was Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author or editor of numerous books including An Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (with Harvey Kline) and Civil Society: The American Model and Third World Development. He is also a contributing co-editor (with Harvey Kline and Christine J. Wade) of Latin American Politics and Development, Sixth Edition (2007, Routledge).
Harvey Kline is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and the author of Colombia: Democracy under Assault, Second Edition (1995), An Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development, Second Edition (with Howard J. Wiarda), and Latin American Politics and Development, Sixth Edition (with Howard J. Wiarda and Christine J. Wade).