Agrarian Structure Political Power

Landlord and Peasant in the Making of Latin America

Represents a belated but welcome attempt to relate Latin American to a familiar corpus of grand theory: that propounded by Barrington Moore in his influential Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. . . . The book is a good idea, well executed, and will be read with interest—even by those who have little time for Barrington Moore in particular, or grand theory in general.
Latin American Studies

The troubled history of democracy in Latin America has been the subject of much scholarly commentary. This 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.

about the editors

Evelyne Huber

Evelyne Huber is Morehead Alumni Professor of Political Science and chair of the department of political science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Evelyne Huber
Frank Safford

Frank Safford is professor of history at Northwestern University.

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Frank Safford