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Agrarian Structure and Political PowerEvelyne HuberThis volume breaks new ground by systematically exploring the linkages among the historical legacies of large landholding patterns, agrarian class relations, and authoritarian versus democratic trajectories in Latin American countries. The essays address questions about the importance of large landownders for the national economy, the labor needs and labor relations of these landowners, attempts of landowners to enlist the support of the state to control labor, and the democratic forms of rule in the twentieth century.

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Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Latin AmericaJames MalloySixteen essays discuss authoritarianism and corporatism in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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Barrios in ArmsJosé MorenoWhen the revolution broke out in Santo Domingo in April 1965, José A. Moreno was living in the rebel zone of the city, where he helped with the organization of medical clinics and food distribution centers. His activities brought him into daily contact with top leaders of the rebel forces, members of political organizations, commando groups of young men from the barrios and ordinary citizens in the neighborhood. His eyewitness account is augmented by his professional analysis of the rebels-their backgrounds, personalities, ideologies, and expectations. He also focuses on the social processes that brought cohesiveness to the divergent rebel groups as they faced a common enemy.

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Beyond the RevolutionJames MalloyTen original essays discuss changes in the life, politics, and culture of Bolivia since the revolution of 1952.

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BoliviaJames MalloyThe first book-length analysis of the Bolivian revolution by an American political scientist explains the events of 1952 as a Latin American case study, and links the theme of the revolution with other contemporary insurrection in underdeveloped countries.

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Brazilian VoterKurt von MettenheimThis book views how the dramatic transition from military to civilian rule in Brazil between 1974 and 1985 raises critical questions about voters, competitive party politics, and democracy at the end of the twentieth century.

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Building the Third SectorDaniel LevyThis study views the evolution of Latin American research in social science and policy in the private/third sector. It determines the factors that led to a shift away from universities and bureaucracies, and asks whether the private sector, largely funded by international philanthropy, is the proper arena for policy development.

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Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa RicaPhilip WilliamsUnlike most recent studies of the Catholic Church in Latin America, Philip J. Williams analyzes the Church in two very dissimilar political contexts-Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Despite the obvious differences, Williams argues that in both cases the Church has responded to social change in remarkably similar fashion. The efforts of progressive clergy to promote change in both countries have been largely blocked by Church hierarchy, fearful that such change will threaten the Church's influence in society.

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Citizen Views of Democracy in Latin AmericaRoderic Ai CampThe culmination of a major survey, this new study attempts for the first time to make “the definition of democracy” in Latin America visible, and thus able to be interpreted.

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Constructive Change in Latin AmericaCole BlasierLatin America specialists from the fields of anthropology, economics, literature, political science, and sociology discuss the area’s common problems in growth and development.
Corruption and Democracy in Latin AmericaCharles Blake A groundbreaking national and regional study of corruption and its relation to democracy in Latin America. This book provides policy analysis and prescription through a wide-ranging methodological, empirical, and theoretical survey.

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Costa Rican Women’s MovementIlse Abshagen LeitingerIlse Leitinger has collected the voices of forty-one diverse women—some radical, others strongly conservative, most ranging in between—as they write about their lives and their experiences working for change within the Costa Rican community. The founders and editors of Mujer, one of the most influential feminist journals in Latin America, are among the authors represented here.

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Cuba in the WorldCole BlasierExamines changes in Cuban leadership, economy, and armed forces to explain its increased participation in world affairs. Views Cuban ties with Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Africa, Israel, and the socialist countries and how they impact U.S.-Cuban relations.

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Cuba, Castro, and the United StatesPhilip BonsalA compelling portrayal of U.S.-Cuban relations during the Batista and Castro regimes, and the major events leading to the cessation of diplomatic ties between the nations, as told by former Ambassador to Cuba, Philip W. Bonsal. Bonsal also offers insights into future relations between the two countries.

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Cuban EmbargoPatrick Haney A thorough examination of U. S. economic relations with Cuba, this text discusses the history of the embargo policy as well as current changes in attitudes. It demonstrates the serious effects domestic politics can have on foreign policy.

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Deepening Democracy in Latin AmericaKurt von MettenheimTen leading scholars of the region present original research to argue that theories of democratic consolidation or institutionalization are too often Euro- and ethno-centric; that simple appeals for greater participation are insufficient; and that recent critics of populism, patronage, and presidentialism fail to capture new opportunities for democracies in the region.

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Democracy without EquityKurt WeylandKurt Weyland investigates the crucial political issue for many Latin American countries: the possibility for redistributing wealth and power through the democratic process, focusing on Brazil's redistributive initiatives in tax policy, social security, and health care.

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Democratic BrazilPeter KingstoneTwelve top scholars analyze Brazilian democracy in a comprehensive, systematic fashion, covering the full period of the New Republic from Presidents Sarney to Cardoso.

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Democratic Brazil Divided Peter KingstoneMarch 2015 should have been a time of celebration for Brazil, as it marked thirty years of democracy, a newfound global prominence, over a decade of rising economic prosperity, and stable party politics under the rule of the widely admired PT (Workers’ Party). Instead, the country descended into protest, economic crisis, impeachment, and deep political division. This volume offers a comprehensive and nuanced portrayal of long-standing problems that contributed to the emergence of crisis and offers insights into the ways Brazilian democracy has performed well despite crisis.
Democratic Brazil RevisitedPeter KingstoneDespite the 2002 election of Lula and his Worker's Party, and their promises of reform—democracy in Brazil remains an enigma. While the country has seen renewed economic growth and progress in areas of health care and education, the gap between rich and poor remains vast. Rampant crime, racial inequality, and a pandemic lack of personal security taint the vision of progress. In this sequel to Democratic Brazil, the contributors assess the impact of competitive politics on Brazilian government, institutions, economics, and society.

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Discreet PartnersAldo César VacsBeginning with a review of the Argintine-USSR relationship up to 1970, Aldo Vacs describes and analyzes economic, diplomatic, and military developments, as well as their impact on Argentine society and politics, since the early 1970s. Vacs views each country’s objectives, and the extent and limits of their shared interests.

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Do Options Exist ? María Amparo Cruz-SacoThis timely volume brings together specialists on the reform of social security systems to analyze the similarities and differences of those health care and pension reforms that have taken place since the early 1990s and suggests possible gains through recent or contemplated revisions to those systems.

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Electing ChávezLeslie GatesVenezuela's Hugo Chávez was the first anti-neoliberal presidential candidate to win in the region. Electing Chávez examines the circumstances that facilitated this pivotal election. Gates examines how Chávez won over voters and even obtained the secret allegiance of a group of business “elite outliers,” with a reinterpretation of the relationship between business and the state during Venezuela's era of two-party dominance.

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Empowering WomenCarmen Diana DeereA comparative study of the impact of property ownership and women’s rights in twelve Latin American countries.

Winner of the 2003 Bryce Wood Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association.

Winner of the 2002 NECLAS Best Book Award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies.

Winner of the 2002 Latino Literary Hall of Fame Book Awards from the Latino Literary Hall of Fame.

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Enforcing the Rule of LawEnrique Peruzzotti A compelling account of how civic and media-based initiatives have successfully fought for greater governmental accountability in the emerging democracies of Latin America.

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Forced AgreementAnne-Marie SmithDuring much of the military regime in Brazil (1964-1985), an elaborate but illegal system of restrictions prevented the press from covering important news or criticizing the government. In this intriguing new book, Anne-Marie Smith investigates why the press acquiesced to this system, and why this state-administered system of restrictions was known as “self-censorship.”

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Friendly Liquidation of the PastDonna Lee Van CottBased on interviews with more than 100 participants, Van Cott demonstrates how social issues were placed on the constitutional reform agenda and transformed into the nation’s highest law. She follows each reform for five years to assess early results of what she calls an emerging model of multicultural constitutionalism.

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Fujimori’s PeruCatherine ConaghanExamines Alberto Fujimori’s corrupt presidency, and the thin line between democracy and dictatorship, demonstrating how closely they can resemble one another. Analyzes how public institutions can empower dictators and also bring them down.

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Giant’s RivalCole BlasierRevised Edition

A concise account of Soviet diplomatic, economic, and political-military involvement in the Latin American region, focusing on the post-1970 period.

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Grassroots Expectations of Democracy and EconomyNancy PowersNancy Powers addresses fundamental questions about the interaction of politics and economics, and how ordinary people think about their standard of living and their government. Her book narrows the gaps in the existing scholarship on economic voting, social movements, and populism, and works to untangle the field’s inherent contradictions.

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Hovering Giant (Revised Edition)Cole BlasierIn this revised edition of The Hovering Giant Cole Blasier updates his comprehensive study of revolutionary change in Latin America. The book now includes a discussion about the revolt in El Salvador and U.S.-Cuban relations in addition to earlier revolutions in Mexico, Chile, and Guatemala.

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Images and InterventionMartha CottamCottam explains the patterns of U.S. intervention in Latin America, employing a number of case studies of intervention and analyzes decision-making patterns from the early years of the cold war in Guatemala and Cuba to the post-cold-war policies in Panama and the war on drugs in Peru.

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International Security and DemocracyJorge DomínguezDominguez has drawn together fifteen leading scholars on international relations and comparative politics from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States to analyze the intersection between regional security issues and the democracy building process in Latin America.

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Juan Peron and the Reshaping of ArgentinaFrederick TurnerAlthough Juan Perón changed the course of modern Argentine history, scholars have often interpreted him in terms of their own ideologies and interests, rather than seeing the effect of this man and his movement had on the Argentine people. These essays seek to uncover the man behind the myth, to define the true nature of Perónism.

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Kingdoms ComeRowan IrelandExamines the three main popular religions in Brazil-folk Catholicism, Protestant Pentecostalism, and Afro-Brazilian spiritism—to trace the contrasting patterns of acceptance or rejection of political paradigms within these three groups.

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Last CaciqueJorge HeineA study of the dynamics of city politics in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, that views the fascinating career of Benjamin Cole. A quasi-legendary figure in island politics, Cole served as mayor of Mayagüez from 1968 to 1992. His spectacular success often ran counter to the broader political trends in Puerto Rico and offers insights in the currents of change that swept the island from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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Lost for Words?Goetz Frank OttmannBased on in-depth interviews and participant observation, Lost for Words? investigates the rise and decline of progressive Catholic grassroots activism in its drive for social justice in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Manipulation of ConsentYoussef CohenYoussef Cohen examines the methods elites used to legitimatize their subjugation of subordinates in his case study of Brazil. He successfully blends theoretical exposition, conceptually informed historical analysis, and a wealth of empirical data.

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Mexico Through Russian Eyes, 1806-1940William RichardsonIn this unique book, William Richardson analyzes the descriptions given of Mexico by an assortment of Russian visitors, from the early nineteenth through the twentieth century. He finds that Russians had a particular empathy for the Mexicans, sharing a perceived similarity in their histories: conquest by a foreign power; a long period of centralized, authoritarian rule; an attempt at liberal reform followed by revolution.

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Militarization and Demilitarization in El Salvador’s Transition to DemocracyPhilip WilliamsWith the resignation of General Renee Emilio Ponce in March 1993, the army’s sixty-year domination of El Salvador came to an end. The country’s January 1992 peace accords stripped the military of its power, placing many areas under civilian rule. Establishing civilian control during the transition to democracy was no easy task—El Salvador had never been a democracy.

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My Missions for Revolutionary Bolivia, 1944-1962Victor AndradeAndrade presents a candid insider’s view of U.S.-Bolivian relations which will sometimes make Americans feel proud, and other times ashamed. He describes meetings with Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and many others.

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Newsrooms in ConflictSallie HughesExamines the dramatic changes within Mexican society, politics, and journalism that transformed an authoritarian media institution into many conflicting styles of journalism with very different implications for deepening democracy in the country.

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Oil and Mexican Foreign PolicyGeorge GraysonA study of the booming Mexican oil industry and their changing foreign policy toward the United States, from the 1970s to the 1980s.

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Opposing CurrentsVivienne BennettA collection of essays examining the intersection between water conservation and women’s roles in a variety of Latin American settings—rural and urban, across a range of countries.

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Organized Crime and Democratic GovernabilityJohn BaileyOrganized Crime and Democratic Governability brings together scholars and specialists, including current and former government officials, from both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border to trace the history and define the reality of this situation.

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Political (In)JusticeAnthony PereiraThrough a thorough examination of political repression in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, Anthony Pereira illuminates the ways in which the long-term relationship of a country’s military and judiciary can explain a regime’s overall approach to the law.

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Politics in the AndesJo-Marie Burt This volume represents the first comprehensive examination of the persistent political challenges facing Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

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Politics of Mexican OilGeorge GraysonGeorge Grayson examines the influence of oil and the oil sector both within Mexican society and in its relations with other nations, as he traces the development of the oil industry from its beginnings in 1901 up until the 1980s.

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Politics of Sexuality in Latin AmericaJavier Corrales The first English-language reader on LGBT politics in Latin America. Representing a range of contemporary works by scholars, activists, analysts, and politicians, the chapters address LGBT issues in nations from Cuba to Argentina.

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Politics of Social Security in BrazilJames MalloyThis study follows the progressive evolution of social insurance policy from 1889 to 1979, through four alternating periods of democratic and authoritarian governments.

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Politics of WaterVivienne BennettIn The Politics of Water, Vivienne Bennett uses the water crisis that occurred in Monterrey, Mexico, during the 1970s and 1980s to examine national, state, and local politics in Mexico.

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Politics within the StateBen Ross SchneiderBen Ross Schneider analyzes how Brazil's bureaucracy of politics and personalism has effectively contributed to state-led industrialization in the post-1945 era.

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Poverty of DemocracyClaudio HolznerHolzner uses case study evidence drawn from eight years of fieldwork in Oaxaca and from national surveys to show how the institutionalization of a free-market democracy created a political system that discourages the political participation of Mexico’s poor by limiting their access to politicians at the local and national level.

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Primary Medical Care in ChileJoseph ScarpaciScarpaci views the financial and cultural impediments imposed by the Pinochet HMO medical system that compromised and effectively limited health care accessibility for much of Chile's adult population.

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Privatization and Political Change in MexicoJudith TeichmanSince 1983, Mexico has undergone a rapid and thorough economic restructuring program, with privatization at the core. The government has divested itself of hundreds of public companies, increasing the role of private capital, both domestic and foreign. Supporters have argued that divestiture would have positive implications for Mexican democracy, but Judith A. Teichman concludes that political and economic power in Mexico is more concentrated and exclusionary than ever. She uses extensive field research, including interviews with top political and business leaders to describe and analyze the process by which the Mexican state has reformed its mammoth public enterprise sector.

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Public Policy in Latin AmericaJohn SloanPublic Policy in Latin America is a masterful synthesis of scholarship on the region. Sloan studies political phenomena not by making superficial comparisons between leaders, parties or styles, but by examining what governments do-the creation of public policy through political process. The decisions to stress accumulation versus distribution of economic goods, the role of the bureaucracy, and the quality of political participation tell more about a nation than what party or persons are in power.

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Public Security and Police Reform in the AmericasJohn BaileyPublic Security and Police Reform in the Americas examines how security problems are addressed in the United States and Latin America, asserting that understanding the policies of other nations can lead to greater success in the arena of public security.

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Quiet RevolutionTim CampbellTraces the growth and effects of decentralization and democratization in Latin America throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Campbell offers new insights about the role of development banks in the process of state reform and uses them to analyze similar events taking place in other parts of the world.

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Reshaping the Political Arena in Latin America Eduardo SilvaThis volume examines the role played in Latin America’s second wave of incorporation by political parties, trade unions, and social movements in five cases: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela. The cases shed new light on a subject critical to understanding the change in the distribution of political power related to popular sectors and their interests—a key issue in the study of postneoliberalism.
Resource Extraction and Protest in PeruMoisés ArceIn this groundbreaking study, Moisés Arce exposes a long-standing climate of popular contention in Peru. Looking beneath the surface to the subnational, regional, and local level as inception points, he rigorously dissects the political conditions that set the stage for protest. Focusing on natural resource extraction and its key role in the political economy of Peru and other developing countries, Arce reveals a wide disparity in the incidence, forms, and consequences of collective action.

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Restructuring DominationCatherine ConaghanUsing Ecuador as her case study, she shows how industrial growth has given birth to an exclusive, ingrown bourgeoisie that is highly dependent on the state and foreign capital and is increasingly alienated from the peasants and urban poor.

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Revolution AbortedJorge HeineTwelve essays address the political and cultural features of the Grenada experience, in light of the 1979 uprising that toppled Prime Minister Eric Gairy, and the subsequent U.S. invasion of 1983.

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Revolution and the Multiclass Coalition in NicaraguaMark EveringhamThis book tells the intriguing story of the multi-class coalition that formed to overthrow Somoza's Nicaraguan government in July, 1979.

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Roads to ReasonRichard HartwigHartwig views the Columbian Ministry of Public Works, applying a theoretical model of rationality and responsibility to view how policy failures were caused by faulty definitions of problems and mistaken approaches in building Andean Highways from 1922-1974.

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School Choice in ChileVarun GauriSchool Choice in Chile examines the dramatic educational decentralization and privatization of schools in Chile. Given the lack of experience the United States has with school choice, Gauri presents a necessary report that parents, policy analysts in education and social welfare, as well as students of political science, public policy, and education, will find extremely useful.

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Society and Education in BrazilRobert Havighurst A study of the transformation in education in mid-twentieth century Brazil, and the social and economic forces that shaped it. The book also looks at how, in turn, education is shaping the rapid transformation of Brazilian society.

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State and Society in ConflictPaul Drake This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the crisis of relations between state and society in five Andean countries from the 1980s to the present.

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State, Labor, CapitalPaul BuchananOrganized labor has played a critical role in political transition away from authoritarianism in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Buchanan views the institutional networks where these new governments strive to maintain democracy, focusing on the role of national labor administrations.

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Still FightingKatherine IsbesterThe story of the women’s movement in Nicaragua is a fascinating tale of resistance, strategy, and faith. Still Fighting combines social theory with field research, leading a new wave of scholarship on women in Latin America.

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Struggles of VoiceJosé Antonio LuceroOver the last two decades, indigenous populations in Latin America have achieved remarkable visibility and political effectiveness, particularly in Ecuador and Bolivia. Lucero compares Ecuador's united indigenous movement to the more fragmented situation in Bolivia, and analyzes the mechanisms at work in political and social structures to explain the different outcomes in each country.

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Traditional and Modern Natural Resource Management in Latin AmericaFrancisco PichónThis book identifies a major problem facing developing nations and the countries and sources that fund them: the lack of attention and/or effective strategies available to prevent farmers in poorly endowed regions from sinking still deeper into poverty while also avoiding further degradation of marginal environments.

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Transforming Latin AmericaCraig ArceneauxUsing detailed case studies, this text provides a means of understanding the political change in Latin America. It offers insight into central issues such as economic reform, human rights, and immigration.

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Unequal PartnersSidney WeintraubSidney Weintraub examines the current relationship of Mexico and the United States as one of sustained dependence and dominance. The chapters examine the consequences of this imbalance in six major policy areas: trade; investment and finance; narcotics; energy; migration; and the border.

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United States and CubaJules Robert BenjaminFrom its independence from Spain in 1898 until the 1960s, Cuba was dominated by the political and economic presence of the United States. Benjamin studies this unequal relationship through 1934, by examining U.S. trade, investment, and capital lending; Cuban institutions and social movements; and U.S. foreign policy. Benjamin convincingly argues that U.S. hegemony shaped Cuban internal politics by exploiting the island's economy, dividing the nationalist movement, co-opting Cuban moderates, and robbing post-1933 leadership of its legitimacy.

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United States and Latin America in the 1980sKevin MiddlebrookThis volume offers insights on the state of U.S.-Latin American relations, external debt and capital flows, trade relations, democracy, human rights, migration, and security during the 1980s.

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Unresolved TensionsJohn Crabtree This volume brings together an expert group of commentators and participants from within the Bolivian political arena to offer diverse perspectives on ethnicity, regionalism, state-society relations, constitutional reform, economic development, and globalization.

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Unsettling StatecraftCatherine ConaghanLatin America in the 1980s was marked by the transition to democracy and a turn toward economic orthodoxy. Unsettling Statecraft analyzes this transition in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, focusing on the political dynamics underlying change and the many disturbing tendencies at work as these countries shed military authoritarianism for civilian rule.

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Urban Poverty, Political Participation, and the StateHenry DietzOffers an unparalleled longitudinal view of how the urban poor of Lima viewed themselves and organized to acquire basic goods and services. Grounding research on theoretical notions from Albert Hirschman and an analytical framework from Verba and Nie, Dietz produces findings that hold great interest for comparativists and students of political behavior in general.

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Workers and WelfareMichelle DionDion’ study examines the major political role of organized labor in establishing and effecting change in Mexico’s social protection programs throughout the twentieth-century.

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