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Democratic Latin America, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Craig Arceneaux

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 20, 2012

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Drawing on new approaches in comparative politics, Democratic Latin America focuses on analyzing political institutions as a way to assess broader trends in the region’s politics, including the rise of democracy.


The text looks at the major institutions--executive, legislature, judiciary, military, and more--in 18 democratic countries to not only provide an expansive view of politics in Latin America but to also facilitate cross-national comparison. Democratic Latin America uniquely surveys the what” of the region’s politics as well as the “why” and “how” to help students critically consider Latin America’s future.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. An Institutional Approach to Latin American Politics 

Chapter 2. State and Nation in Colonial Latin America 

Chapter 3. Constitutions: From States and Nations to Regimes—and Back Again 

Chapter 4. The Executive: Latin American Style 

Chapter 5. The Legislature: Democracy Under Fire 

Chapter 6. The Judiciary: Separate but Unequal 

Chapter 7. Electoral Systems: The Core of Democratic Politics 

Chapter 8. Civil Society and Political Parties: Putting Democracy into Practice 

Chapter 9. Federalism and Unitarism: Learning to Share 

Chapter 10. The Armed Forces: Bridging the Civil-Military divide

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