Politics in Latin America

Politics in Latin America : The Power Game

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Employing a political realist approach, Vanden and Prevost focus on who wields the power in Latin American countries, who controls the policy-making process, and who benefits from policy decisions. To shed some light on the reasons for the current political situation, the book also incorporates an analysis of the factors that influence the exercise of power; the historic traditions of the region as a whole and each country in particular; the nature and composition of classes and society; national and international political economies; and the changing roles of key interest groups. Politics in Latin America: The Power Game consists of four sections. Part One lays the groundwork for understanding Latin America as a whole, as well as each independent region. Part Two addresses the important themes necessary to understand contemporary Latin American politics. Part Three provides case studies of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Nicaragua, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, all written by experts on each particular country. Part Four examines Latin American international relations, with particular emphasis on U.S.- Latin American relations and Latin American attempts to chart a more independent course. A final chapter provides a brief summary and speculations about future developments in the region.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 154.9 x 240.3 x 26.4mm | 780.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • maps, bibliographies
  • 0195123174
  • 9780195123173

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: NOTES ON STUDYING LATIN AMERICA ; 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICA (AS IT IS) ; 2. EARLY HISTORY ; 3. NINETEENTH AND TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY ; 4. THE OTHER AMERICANS ; 5. SOCIETY, GENDER AND POLITICAL CULTURE ; 6. RELIGION IN LATIN AMERICA ; 7. POLITICAL ECONOMY OF LATIN AMERICA ; 8. POLITICS, POWER, INSTITUTIONS AND ACTORS ; 9. REVOLUTION IN LATIN AMERICA ; 10. GUATEMALA BY SUSANNE JONAS ; 11. MEXICO BY NORA HAMILTON ; 12. CUBA BY GARY PREVOST ; 13. NICARAGUA BY HARRY E. VANDEN AND GARY PREVOST ; 14. ARGENTINA BY ALDO C. VACS ; 15. CHILE BY EDUARDO SILVA ; 16. BRAZIL BY WILBER ALBERT CHAFFEE ; APPENDIX 1 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN LATIN AMERICA ; APPENDIX 2 LEGIS LATIVE ELECTIONS IN LATIN AMERICAshow more

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