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Lisa M. Glidden
SISLA 342
Seattle Campus

Government and Politics of Latin America

Analysis of the political dynamics of change in Latin America comparing various national approaches to the political problems of modernization, economic development, and social change. Offered: jointly with POL S 342.

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Course Description: When Evo Morales, the indigenous leader of Bolivia’s coca-growers union, was elected President in December 2005, pundits and analysts described the election as continuing a ‘swing to the Left’ among Latin American governments. Does the swing to the Left represent a new era of politics in Latin America? Or will economic, structural, or other factors constrain Latin American leaders?

This course provides an introduction to the politics of Latin America. After a brief overview of history and the theoretical approaches that have been used to understand Latin America, we will focus on contemporary political, economic, and social issues affecting Latin America in general, combined with country case studies for specific analysis.

Required Texts: Blake, Charles H. (2005) Politics in Latin America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company

Chasteen, John Charles (2006) Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

Additional readings available through Course E-Reserves

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lisa M. Glidden
Date: 05/28/2006