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Latin American democracy, emerging reality or endangered species?, edited by Richard L. Millett, Jennifer S. Holmes, Orlando J. Pérez

Label
Latin American democracy, emerging reality or endangered species?, edited by Richard L. Millett, Jennifer S. Holmes, Orlando J. Pérez
Language
eng
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Main title
Latin American democracy
Oclc number
911060370
Responsibility statement
edited by Richard L. Millett, Jennifer S. Holmes, Orlando J. Pérez
Sub title
emerging reality or endangered species?
Summary
More than thirty years have passed since Latin America began the arduous task of transitioning from military-led rule to democracy. In this time, more countries have moved toward the institutional bases of democracy than at any time in the region's history. Nearly all countries have held free, competitive elections and most have had peaceful alternations in power between opposing political forces. Despite these advances, however, Latin American countries continue to face serious domestic and international challenges to the consolidation of stable democratic governance. The challenges range from weak political institutions, corruption, legacies of militarism, transnational crime, and globalization among others. In the second edition of Latin American Democracy contributors - both academics and practitioners, North Americans, Latin Americans, and Spaniards-explore and assess the state of democratic consolidation in Latin America by focusing on the specific issues and challenges confronting democratic governance in the region. This thoroughly updated revision provides new chapters on: * the environment, * decentralization, * the economy, * indigenous groups, * and the role of China in the region
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Democracy in Latin America: Promises and Perils / Richard Millett -- Democratic Consolidation in Latin America? / Jennifer S. Holmes -- Measuring Democratic Political Culture in Latin America / Orlando J. Pérez -- The View from the North. The United States and the OAS: What Frustrates the Americans? / John F. Maisto -- Latin American Democracy: The View from the South / Francisco Rojas Aravena, translated by Leonor Elsner -- The Rule of Law in Latin America / Luz E. Nagle -- Executive-Legislative Relations and Democracy in Latin America / Peter M. Siavelis -- Women and Politics in Latin America / María del Mar Martínez Rosón -- Decentralization and Local Government in Latin America / Lorena Moscovich -- The State, the Military and the Citizen: New Security Challenges in Latin America / Rut Diamint and Laura Tedesco -- Democracy and Populism in the Andes: A Problematic Coexistence / Julio F. Carrión -- Indigenous Mobilization and Democracy in Latin America / Roberta Rice -- Crime and Citizen Security: Democracy's Achilles' Heel / Richard L. Millett -- Economic Development and Democracy in Latin America / Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres and Michael J. Ferrentino -- Democratic Governance and Corruption in Latin America / Gerardo Berthin -- Chinese Influence on Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities / Evan Ellis -- Conclusion. Slow Progress and False Promises / Orlando J. Pérez and Jennifer S. Holmes