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GOVT-455 Latin American Government and Politics
Offered academic year 2010-2011
This course will cover the major political trends and issues that have shaped Latin American governments and politics throughout the course of the twentieth century as well as the key issues confronting the region as it begins the 21st century. It examines the literature on modernization and dependency, revolutions, regime breakdown, and democratic transitions, and then moves on to newer issues including confronting human rights violators after authoritarian regimes, the rise of drug trafficking, transnational advocacy networks, the transformation of political parties and party systems in the region, the emergence of strong indigenous movements, and the rise of neo-populist leaders as a result of persistent inequality and social exclusion exclusion. Since the class will be organized around issues and often cross-regional comparisons, students should have some familiarity with political processes and events in the major Latin American or be prepared to do extra readings. [Comparative Government]
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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