Regimes and Democracy in Latin America by Gerardo L. Munck
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Regimes and Democracy in Latin America
By Gerardo L. Munck

Regimes and Democracy in Latin America

Theories and Methods

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Regimes and Democracy in Latin America by Gerardo L. Munck

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This volume focuses on democracy in Latin America, and both assesses the state of current knowledge on the topic and identifies new research frontiers in the study of Latin American politics. It provides an overview of research agendas and strategies used in the literature over the past four decades. It tackles a series of central questions-What is democracy? Is democracy an absolute value? Are current conceptualizations of democracy adequate? How and why does democracy work or fail in Latin America?-and spells out the implications of answers to these questions for current research agendas. It distinguishes between qualitative and quantitative approaches to the conceptualization and measurement of democracy, and presents a dataset on political regimes and democracy that illustrates how the differences between these two standard approaches might be overcome. Finally, it evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of conventional methods used to generate and test explanations of the causes and consequences of democracy, and proposes alternative ways to advance ongoing substantive debates given the current state of theory and data. The contributors are scholars from the United States and Latin America who are experts on Latin America, and who have established reputations as theorists and methodologists. The volume will be of interest to readers seeking to understand debates about democracy in developing societies and to grasp the concepts, theories and methods that are currently being developed to study Latin American politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199219896
ISBN-10: 0199219893
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gerardo L. Munck

Gerardo Munck, Argentinian by birth, received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California in San Diego and teaches in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on political regimes and democracy, methodology, and Latin America.

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