GOV 390L • Latin American Politics: Theoretical Perspectives
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
CANCELLED Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This graduate level course will explore recent theoretical writings on Latin American politics. The aim of this course is to acquaint students with important new theories in the field and to teach them how to design and evaluate theoretically-oriented research. The first section of the course explores major theoretical approaches to understanding Latin American political and economic development, including modernization theory, dependency theory, historical institutionalism and rational choice. The second section examines how Latin American political institutions have functioned in recent decades. The third and final section of the course analyzes the causes and consequences of market-oriented reform in the region.