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Latin American Politics and Development: Seventh Edition [Paperback]

Howard J. Wiarda , Harvey F. Kline

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3 Aug 2010
For thirty years Latin American Politics and Development has kept instructors and students abreast of current affairs in Latin America. Now in its seventh edition, this definitive text has been updated throughout and features contributions from experts in the field, including three entirely new chapters on Bolivia, Ecuador, and Mexico. Other new material addresses the economic crisis in Argentina; Brazil’s continued economic and political progress; Chile’s successful—if still tentative—combination of democracy, economic growth, and social equity; the continued challenge to Colombia’s political system posed by guerillas, drug traffickers, and paramilitaries; Venezuela’s continued flight from liberal democracy under Hugo Chavez; and Mexico’s ongoing “civil war” as criminal organizations fight each other and the Mexican state to run drug trafficking and other criminal operations. In addition to detailed country-by-country chapters, Latin American Politics and Development provides a comprehensive regional overview. Five foundational chapters by the editors cover the context of Latin American politics, the pattern of historical development, interest groups and political parties, government machinery, the role of the state and public policy, and the struggle for democracy.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 7th Revised edition edition (3 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081334459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344591
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 713,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gathered from writers who are experts in regions throughout Latin America, the chapters vividly highlight important historical events as well as current political challenges facing these nations. This book remains a staple in the field of Latin American politics. Highly recommended." "-Choice" "This is the outstanding textbook in comparative Latin American politics. --Jorge I. Dominguez, Harvard "This book contains comprehensive chapters by recognized experts on the twenty most important Latin American countries. Taken together, these chapters provide the best available introduction to Latin American politics and government for undergraduate students."--Richard Eric Hartwig, Texas A&M-Kingsville "This edited work offers a comprehensive analysis of the multicultural complexities of the myriad of issues confronting Latin America today. . . . For students of Latin American politics and inter-American relations, Wiarda and Kline's text is informative and intellectually challenging and is worth buying and careful reading.""--ID: International Dialogue, A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs"

About the Author

Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations at the University of Georgia and senior associate in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (Westview).
Harvey F. Kline is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Alabama. He is the author of Colombia: Democracy under Assault and A Concise Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (Westview).

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1.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Biased 4 Mar 2013
By pericoisbored - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a totally uncomplicated and biased view of Latin American politics. The book completely glosses over key parts of Latin American history such as the fact that General Noriega was a CIA informant who was trained by the US military or the fact that the US instigated a rebellion in the 1900s to separate Panama from Colombia. Throughout the book, the contributors make extremely judgmental and un-nuanced statements about Latin American politics that are obviously from a pro-US point of view. If you want a good understanding of Latin American politics stay away from this book. One of the chapters even quotes an unsubstantiated rumor in order to bash Hugo Chavez. Now I am not fan of Chavez, but to simply state that he is bad and undemocratic and to use rumor to criticize him glosses over the complexities of the political situation in Venezuela and gives students a poor understanding of the region as a whole. In my opinion it is also evidence of the lazy academic work that is rife in this book. Also, most of the authors seem to be focused on security issues and are not comparativists and many have ties to US defense organizations, think tanks and politically biased democracy institutes. At best this book offers a simplistic and biased view of Latin American politics and informed students should have no problem picking apart the authors arguments. At worst, this book represents propaganda and has no place in university class rooms.
5.0 out of 5 stars very complete survey of the cultural, historical, social, political, and economic currents sweeping Latin America 15 Dec 2013
By W. Sid Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
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Kline and Wiarda have had " their heads in this game" for decades now, and they have developed an excellent architecture for analysis and explaining this Region of the world called Latin America. I found the contributors generally excellent, organized, and structured to meet the efforts of the editors in a manner that made the entire effort coherent. I taught a course on Latin American Politics and Development in the mid 80's and used a very early edition of this book. I recently agreed to do some instruction on Latin America and was delighted to find this completely timely new edition, and it met my needs precisely. My congratulations to the editors and the contributors.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase just as the description mentioned it would be. Love it! 1 Dec 2013
By Aaisha Shah - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was in good shape, just as the description mentioned. Delivery was on time! The spine was a little torn from the side but it doesn't look bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No college-level Latin holding should be without this in-depth analysis 12 Nov 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
The seventh updated edition of Latin American Politics and Development is a 'must' for any college-level collection strong in Latin American events and development. It's been updated throughout to include contributions from new experts in the field, offers three new chapters on Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico, and surveys the current economic crisis in Argentina, among other modern events. No college-level Latin holding should be without this in-depth analysis, which holds expanded sections on key topics.
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