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Constructing democratic governance in Latin America

Author: Jorge I Domínguez; Michael Shifter
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Series: Inter-American Dialogue book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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"After more than a century of assorted dictatorships and innumerable fiscal crises, the majority of Latin America's states are governed today by constitutional democratic regimes. Some analysts and scholars argue that Latin America weathered the 2008 fiscal crisis much better than the United States. How did this happen? Jorge I. Domínguez and Michael Shifter asked area specialists to examine the electoral and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jorge I Domínguez; Michael Shifter
ISBN: 9781421409795 1421409798 9781421409788 142140978X
OCLC Number: 818658867
Notes: "An Inter-American Dialogue Book."
Description: xxiii, 377 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : new issues in democratic governance / Michael Shifter --
Constitutional rewrites in Latin America, 1987-2009 / Javier Corrales --
Mass media and politics in Latin America / Taylor C. Boas --
Security challenges for Latin American democratic governance / Lucía Dammert --
Natural resources boom and institutional curses in the new political economy of South America / Sebastián Mazzuca --
Argentina : democratic consolidation, partisan dealignment, and institutional weakness / Ernesto Calvo and María Victoria Murillo --
Bolivia : keeping the coalition together / George Gray Molina --
Brazil : democracy in the PT era / David Samuels --
Chile : beyond transitional models of politics / Peter M. Siavelis --
Colombia : democratic governance amidst an armed conflict / Eduardo Posada-Carbó --
Mexico : democratic advances and limitations / Shannon O'Neil --
Peru : the challenges of a democracy without parties / Steven Levitsky --
Venezuela : political governance and regime change by electoral means / Ángel E. Álvarez --
Conclusion : early twenty-first century democratic governance in Latin America / Jorge I. Domínguez.
Series Title: Inter-American Dialogue book.
Responsibility: edited by Jorge I. Dominguez and Michael Shifter.
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Already widely used in courses, Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America will continue to interest students of Latin American politics, democratization studies, and comparative politics as  Read more...

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Solid, well-informed... the writing is sophisiticated enough to interest specialists but accessible enough for lay readers. -- Richard Feinberg * Foreign Affairs *

 
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