Welcome to the Democracy in Latin America course webpage! Here you will find the readings assigned for each week and supplemental course materials. Please click here to access the course syllabus.
Session 1 (October 31st) | Legacies: State and Nation Building
Echeverria, Esteban, 1871. “The Slaughter House” in The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories, Edited by Roberto Gonzalez Echeverria.
Centeno, Miguel Angel. 1997. "Blood and Debt: War and Taxation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America." American Journal of Sociology 102:6, pp. 1565-1605.
Mazzucca, Sebastián L. 2017. “Critical Juncture and Legacies: State Formation and Economic Performance in Latin America.” Qualitative & Multi-Method Research 15:1, pp. 29-35.
Gates Jr., Henry Louis. 2011. Black in Latin America. Introduction and Chapter 1.
Power point file for session 1.
Session 2 (November 7th) | Legacies: Political and Economic Development
The House of the Spirits (movie available on Vudu)
Baer, Werner. 1972. “Import Substitution and Industrialization in Latin America: Experiences and Interpretations.” Latin American Research Review 7:1, pp. 95-122.
Williamson, John. 1990. “What Washington Means by Policy Reform.” In Latin American Adjustment: How Much Has Happened? Washington, DC: The Institute for International Economics, pp. 7-20.
Mainwaring, Scott, Frances Hagopian and Aníbal Pérez-Liñan. 2005 The Third Wave of Democratization in Latin America. Introduction and Chapter 1.
Power point file for session 2.
Session 3 (November 14th) | State of Democracy Now
Check this series of charts and look at “Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Compilation of Selected Indices”, by the Congressional Research Service, prior to class.
The Economist. 2022. “Latin America’s vicious circle is a warning to the West.”
The Economist. 2021. “Democracy is quickly eroding in Central America.”
Freeman, Will. 2022. “Latin America’s Parliamentarism Problem.” Americas Quarterly.
Stuenkel, Oliver. 2022. “Chile’s Rejection of the New Constitution is a Sign of Democratic Maturity.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Murillo, María Victoria. 2022. “Latin America: Not as Polarized as You Think.” Americas Quarterly.
What Happened to Brazil?. 2019. Three-part BBC documentary series.
Power point file for session 3.
Session 4 (November 28th) | Problems of Democracy: Political Parties
Mainwaring, Scott. 2018. Party Systems in Latin America. Chapters 1 and 2.
Samuels, David and Cesar Zucco Jr. 2018. “Partisans, Anti-Partisans, and Voter Behavior.” In Routledge Handbook of Brazilian Politics.
Weyland, Kurt. 2021. “How Populism Corrodes Latin American Parties”, Journal of Democracy 32: 4: pp. 42-55.
Power point file for session 4.
Session 5 (December 5th) | Problems of Democracy: Corruption
Morris, Stephen D. and Charles H. Blake. 2009. Corruption and Democracy in Latin America. University of Pittsburgh Press. Introduction.
Lopez Maya, Margarita. 2018. “Populism, 21st-Century Socialism and Corruption in Venezuela” Thesis Eleven 149(1): 57-83.
Da Ros, Luciano and Matthew Taylor. Brazilian Politics on Trial: Corruption and Reform Under Democracy. Chapter 2.
Exporting Corruption: Beyond Brazil’s Car Wash Scandal (2018). 25 min.
(Virtual) Session 6 (Date TBD) | Problems of Democracy: Violence and Inequalities
Gonzales, Yanilda Maria. 2020. Authoritarian Police in Democracy: Contested Security in Latin America. Chapters 1 and 2.
Trejo, Guillermo and Sandra Ley. 2020. Votes, Drugs, and Violence: The Political Logic of Criminal Wars in Mexico. Introduction.
Gangs of El Salvador (2015). Documentary.
Busso, Matias and Julian Messina (eds.). 2020. The Inequality Crisis: Latin America and the Caribbean at Crossroads. Sections 1 and 2.
Burns, Nick. 2022. “Chile Could Become ‘Plurinational.’ What Does That Mean?”. Americas Quartely.
Morisson, Judith A. 2015. “Behind the Numbers: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America.” Americas Quarterly.