- The book brings Latin America into mainstream, comparative politics.
- The book combines regional and international perspectives into an original synthesis.
- The book is organized around comparative topics, not particular countries.
- The focus is on government and the difficulties of achieving democratic stability.
- The approach is thematic and uses classic concepts of political science.
List of Tables.
Introduction: Governing Latin America.
Part I: Authority And Power.
1. Authoritarianism And Democracy In Latin America.
2. Latin America And The Democratic Universe.
Part II: Accountability And Legitimacy.
3. Government And Citizens.
4. Constitutionalism And The Rule Of Law.
Part III: Representation, Political And Social Rights.
5. Political Parties.
6. Presidents, Legislatures, And Elections.
7. Political And Social Rights.
Part IV: Participation, Contestation, And Civil Rights.
8. New Political Actors.
9. Minority And Indigenous Rights.
10. Uneven Democratic Performance.