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The Politics of Latin American Development - Gary W. Wynia

The Politics of Latin American Development

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 1990
ISBN: 9780521380270
Number Of Pages: 368

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This popular introduction to Latin American politics probes behind the current events and reveals the fundamental economic and political dynamics shaping events and driving policy. Using the paradigm of politics as a game, domestic and foreign players are identified and the rules that govern their interaction are described. This analytical framework is then used in detailed analyses of the strategies of development that have dominated Latin American politics. Chapters are devoted to democratic reform, military authoritarianism, and revolutionary politics with detailed examples from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. This third edition brings all national cases up to date, analyzing the rise of democratic governance as well as the challenges presented by unprecedented foreign debts. Special attention is given to the restoration of constitutional democracy in Argentina and Brazil, and a systematic comparison of the movements in those countries is developed. More information and analysis on Cuba and Nicaragua are provided and emphasis is given to the 1988 election in Mexico. New material on the foreign debt crisis, the Roman Catholic Church, and the armed forces is also given.

List of maps and tables
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Understanding Latin American Politics
The Latin American predicament
The rules of the Latin American game
Players û I
Players û II
The stakes in the game
The Political Games Played in Latin America
Mexico: Whose game is it?
Chile: democracy destroyed
Venezuela: democracy preserved
Brazil: populists, authoritarians, and democrats
Argentina: populists, authoritarians, and democrats
Cuba: a communist revolution
Nicaragua: revolution the Sandinista way
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ISBN: 9780521380270
ISBN-10: 0521380278
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 23rd February 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised