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Democracy and Its Discontents in Latin America

Joe Foweraker and Dolores Trevizo, editors
Democracy and Its Discontents in Latin America
ISBN: 978-1-62637-276-4
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-577-2
$75.00
2017/325 pages/LC: 9781626372764
"Offers superb analyses of the performance of the region’s democracies across a broad array of key dimensions."—Mark P. Jones, Rice University

"Each chapter shows mastery of its subject matter, and each is well written."—John Peeler, Bucknell University

DESCRIPTION

Why is there so much discontent with democracy across Latin America? Are regimes being judged by unrealistic standards of success—or is there legitimate cause for criticism in light of  widespread failures to deliver either transparency or effective public policies? Addressing these questions across a variety of dimensions, the authors explore the diverse ways in which the specific nature of Latin American democracy explains the current performance of the region’s democratic governments.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Foweraker is honorary professor of politics at the University of Exeter, as well as emeritus fellow of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford, where he previously was professor of Latin American politics. Dolores Trevizo is professor of sociology at Occidental College. She is author of Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 1968-2000.

CONTENTS

  • Democracy and Its Discontents in Latin America—J. Foweraker.
  • STATE AND REGIME: INSTITUTIONS, POLICY, ACCOUNTABILITY.
  • The Characteristic Contradictions of Democracy—J. Foweraker.
  • State Capacity and Democratic Quality—D. Doyle.
  • Inequality and Democratic Representation—M.Z. Rogers.
  • Making the Military Accountable—D. Pion-Berlin.
  • Liberal vs. Popular Models of Democracy—G.L. Munck.
  • Radical Claims to Accountability—J. Corrales
  • CITIZENSHIP: ISSUES OF RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATION.
  • Democracy and Human Rights—T. Landman.
  • Quota Laws for Gender Equality—J.M. Piscopo.
  • Women's Rights, Indigenous Rights, and Social Cohesion—J.S. Jaquette.
  • Indigenous Peoples and Dilemmas of Electoral Participation—N. Harvey.
  • The Changing Profile of Party Systems—W. Barndt.
  • A Democratic Paradox: More Governability, Less Trust—R.A. Camp.
  • Counting the Costs of Political Repression—D. Trevizo.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Lessons from the Democratic Record to Date—D. Trevizo.
  • APPENDIXES.
  • Summary Statistics and Variable Descriptions in Latin American Sample.
  • Personal Vote Rank in Latin American Sample.
  • Change in Regional Inequality 1990-2010
  • Regional Inequality Dynamics in Latin American Sample.