A dense web of private associations drawn from multiple social classes, interest groups and value communities makes for a firm foundation for strong democracy. In Latin America today, will civil society improve the quality of democracy or will it foster political polarization and reverse recent progress? Distinguished theorists from the United States, Canada and Latin America explore the diverse impact of civil society on economic performance, political parties, and state institutions. In-depth and up-to-date country studies explore the consequences of civil society for the durability of democracy in three highly dynamic, controversial settings: Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela.
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Author Biography - R. Feinberg
Richard Feinberg is professor of international political economy at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. He has written widely on international finance and trade and US-Latin American relations and his latest book is Summitry in the Americas. Currently he teaches a course on civil society in developing economies and is book reviewer for the Western Hemisphere section of Foreign Affairs magazine. Carlos H. Waisman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Waisman is a comparative political sociologist. His current work deals with the social and political dynamics of neo-mercantilist regimes. He has published Modernization and the Working Class, Reversal of Development in Argentina, Institutional Design in New Democracies (with Arend Lijphart), Spanish and Latin American Transitions to Democracy (with Raanan Rein) and many articles and book chapters. Leon Zamosc is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His work includes books and articles in Spanish and English on rural development, peasant political participation, and indigenous movements in Colombia and Ecuador. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.