Debuting in its first edition, 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. Drawing on new approaches in comparative politics, this 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.
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|An Institutional Approach to Latin American Politics|
|State and Nation in Colonial Latin America|
|Constitutions: From States and Nations to Regimes-and Back Again|
|the Executive: Latin American Style|
|the Legislature: Democracy Under Fire|
|the Judiciary: Separate but Unequal|
|Electoral Systems: the Core of Democratic Politics|
|Civil Society and Political Parties: Putting Democracy into Practice|
|Federalism and Unitarism: Learning to Share|
|the Armed Forces: Bridging the Civil-Military divide|
Craig Arceneaux is Associate Professor of Political Science at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.