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Puerto Rican Government and Politics: A Comprehensive Bibliography

Edgardo Meléndez
ISBN: 978-1-55587-894-8
2000/356 pages/LC: 00-024784
7" x 10" format

"A convenient, useful tool for students, scholars, and researchers. It presents an important addition to reference collections in Puerto Rican studies. In addition, it would be a valuable selection for public libraries serving Puerto Rican users as well as for those libraries building ethnic and multicultural reference collections."—Susan J. Freiband, American Reference Books Annual

"A carefully prepared, peerless resource.... Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries, and all libraries serving Puerto Rican and other Latino populations."—Choice


The first of its kind, this major bibliography covers all aspects of Puerto Rican government and politics defined in the broadest manner. More than 5,000 entries identify books, articles, and reports not only on such traditional subjects as political parties and government institutions, but also dealing with culture and identity, gender, race relations, economic issues, the media and politics, and other topics related to political culture. A chapter on Puerto Rican politics within the United States adds still another dimension. Both English- and Spanish-language materials are included.

The entries are arranged alphabetically within thematic chapters, and can be accessed as well through the complete author index. Students and scholars will easily find materials organized around the following themes:

Politics and Government
Political Parties and Movements>
U.S. Policy Toward Puerto Rico
U.S.-Puerto Rico Bilateral Relations
Political Parties
Political and Social Movements
The Debate Over Political Status
Politics in Puerto Rico: General Government Structure
Economic Policies
Social Policies and Human Rights
Society, Culture, and Politics
Women and Politics
Puerto Rican Politics in the United States
Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

This definitive work, the result of eight years of research, is sure to be a widely used reference tool.


Edgardo Meléndez is professor of political science at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. He has published widely on Puerto Rico, most recently Partidos, politica pública y status en Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico en "Patria," and Puerto Rico's Statehood Movement; he is also coeditor of Colonial Dilemma: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Puerto Rico.