Politics In The Andes

Identity, Conflict, Reform

Brilliantly illuminates the nature and origins of the Andean arc of crisis. . . . Examines the intense challenges to democratization in the five Andean nations—ethnic and regional cleavages, poverty, and traditions of political violence that have been exacerbated amid the 'War on Drugs.'
Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University

The Andean region is perhaps the most violent and politically unstable in the Western Hemisphere. Politics in the Andes is the first comprehensive volume to assess the persistent political challenges facing Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Arguing that Andean states and societies have been shaped by common historical forces, the contributors' comparative approach reveals how different countries have responded variously to the challenges and opportunities presented by those forces. Individual chapters are structured around themes of ethnic, regional, and gender diversity; violence and drug trafficking; and political change and democracy.
Politics in the Andes offers a contemporary view of a region in crisis, providing the necessary context to link the often sensational news from the area to broader historical, political, economic, and social trends.

about the editors

Jo-Marie Burt

Jo-Marie Burt, assistant professor of government at George Mason University, has published widely and served as editor of I>NACLA Report on the Americas.

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Jo-Marie Burt
Philip Mauceri

Philip Mauceri, professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, is the author of State Under Siege: Development and Policy Making in Peru and coeditor of The Peruvian Labyrinth: Society, Economy, Polity.

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Philip Mauceri