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Nearly 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 Latin American Democracy contributors - both academics and practitioners, North Americans and Latin Americans - 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415990486
ISBN-10: 0415990483
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard L. Millett

Richard L. Millett is a Senior Advisor for Political Risk to the PRS Group and Adjunct Professor at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University. Jennifer S. Holmes is Associate Professor of Political Economy and Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Orlando J. Perez is Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University. He is a member of the Scientific Support Group for the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University.