GOV 390L • Analytical Issues in Latin American Politics
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
This course will examine the different analytical frameworks that scholars have employed to study the politics of Latin America. Analytical traditions to be covered include culturalist approaches, rational choice analysis, and historical-institutionalism. We will also examine the contribution made by actor-based approaches, i.e. studies that focus centrally on one actor, such as the military, labor, political parties, etc. Specific topics to be examined include regime dynamics (the breakdown of democracy, democratization, democracy's consolidation), structural adjustment and market reforms, social policy making, and international diffusion. The course emphasizes theoretical aspects over substantive (e.g. historical and country-specific) content.