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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Wendy Hunter

Professor Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Professor, Department of Government
Wendy Hunter

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social policy issues in Latin America; politics of education and health reform

LAS 337M • Pol/Eco/Socty Cont Brazil

40920 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 201
(also listed as GOV 337M )
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This course will examine the major economic, political, and sociological developments of Brazil in the 20th and 21st centuries.   It will concentrate on the broad themes of state-led industrialization and economic management; the alternation of authoritarian politics and democratic government; and the multiple problems brought on by high levels of socio-economic inequality.   In addition to the many challenges that Brazil faces, the course will also examine the many opportunities the country has. 

             The political topics to be covered include the institutions that allow elites to retain power and privilege.  Economic topics include recent moves toward increased globalization and the tapping of Amazonian resources.  Sociological subjects include the high rates of crime and related problems that have arisen from the pursuit of a development model that has led to extreme concentrations of wealth and record levels of income inequality.      

            The course assumes no prior knowledge or prerequisites.   

 

Two books are required and are available for purchase at the University bookstore.  All other readings are available on Blackboard under Course Documents.

 

Required Items for Purchase

-       Skidmore, Thomas E. 2009. Brazil: Five Centuries of Change. New York: Oxford        University Press, 2009.

-       Bailey, Stanley. 2009. Legacies of Race: Identities, Attitudes, and Politics in Brazil.      Stanford: Stanford University Press.

 

Requirements and Grading:

 

Reading is due by the Tuesday session of each week.  It is imperative that students do the readings, reflect upon them, and come to class prepared to discuss them.  Class participation, which goes beyond simple attendance, will be a significant factor in the final grade.  There will be one quiz, two in-class examinations, an essay about a film, and a final take-home essay that reflects upon the course as a whole. Please bring a blue book to both exams. The instructions for the film essay are on Blackboard.  I will hand out questions and instructions for the final essay well in advance of its due date.

 

Assignment:                                                    Grade Distribution                 Due Date

Class participation                                          10 percent                    

Quizzes (2)                                                     10 percent                                

First in-class examination                               20 percent                              

Second in-class examination                            20 percent                                

Essay on film                                                  10 percent                              

Final take home essay                                     30 percent                                

 

Grading: This course will use plus/minus grades.

 

Your final grade will be calculated as follows:  we will sum all the points you received in the class and convert them into letter grades based on the following scale:

 

93-100 = A

90-92 = A-

87-89 = B+

83-86 = B

80-82 = B-

77-79 = C+

73-76 = C

70-72 = C-

67-69 = D+

63-66 = D

60-62 = D-

Below 60 = F

 

Without exception, we will round up scores of 0.5 and higher and round down scores of less than 0.5. Students who wish to contest a grade must do so in writing within two weeks of the day on which the assignment was handed back in class.  Students must go first to one of the TAs and then to the professor only if the meeting, scheduled after receipt of the written appeal, was deemed unsatisfactory. 

 

Attendance will be accounted for as part of your class participation grade.

 

The final essay must be submitted at the beginning of the last class session.  There is a penalty of a full letter grade per day for late essays (both the film essay and the final essay).  We will not accept papers that are submitted via e-mail.

 

Make-up policy:  Students are expected to take the quiz and two in-class exams on the scheduled dates, and to hand the film essay and final essay in on time.  Make ups and extensions will be reserved for the most exceptional of circumstances, such as a serious medical illness (accompanied by a physician’s letter) or death of a close family member.   You must have documentation in order for a make up to be considered. Weddings and graduation ceremonies will not be considered an acceptable basis for any missed examinations or an extension on the final.

LAS 337M • Polit/Eco/Socty Contemp Brazil

40390 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 2.124
(also listed as GOV 337M )
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Course Description

This course will examine the major economic, political, and sociological developments of Brazil in the 20th and 21st centuries.   It will concentrate on the broad themes of state-led industrialization and economic management; the alternation of authoritarian politics and democratic government; and the multiple problems brought on by high levels of socio-economic inequality.   In addition to the many challenges that Brazil faces, the course will also examine the many opportunities the country has. 

The political topics to be covered include the institutions that allow elites to retain power and privilege.  Economic topics include recent moves toward increased globalization and the tapping of Amazonian resources.  Sociological subjects include the high rates of crime and related problems that have arisen from the pursuit of a development model that has led to extreme concentrations of wealth and record levels of income inequality.      

The course assumes no prior knowledge or prerequisites.   

Two books are required and are available for purchase at the University bookstore.  All other readings are available on Blackboard under Course Documents.

 

 

Grading Policy

Reading is due by the Tuesday session of each week.  It is imperative that students do the readings, reflect upon them, and come to class prepared to discuss them.  Class participation, which goes beyond simple attendance, will be a significant factor in the final grade.  There will be one quiz, two in-class examinations, an essay about a film, and a final take-home essay that reflects upon the course as a whole. Please bring a blue book to both exams. The instructions for the film essay are on Blackboard and I will hand out questions and instructions for the final essay well in advance of its due date.

Assignment:                                                    Grade Distribution                

Class participation                                          10 percent                    

Quiz                                                             10 percent                                

First in-class examination                               20 percent                              

Second in-class examination                           20 percent                                

Essay on film                                                 10 percent                              

Final take home essay                                    30 percent                                

 

This course will use plus/minus grades. Attendance will be accounted for as part of your class participation grade.

The final essay must be submitted at the beginning of the last class session.  There is a penalty of a full letter grade per day for late essays (both the film essay and the final essay).  I will not accept papers that are submitted via e-mail.

 

Texts

-       Skidmore, Thomas E. 2009. Brazil: Five Centuries of Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

-       Bailey, Stanley. 2009. Legacies of Race: Identities, Attitudes, and Politics in Brazil. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

LAS 384L • Analytcl Iss In Lat Amer Polit

40610 • Spring 2013
Meets T 1230pm-330pm BAT 5.102
(also listed as GOV 390L )
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Course Description

This course is a graduate-level introduction to Latin American politics.  It is designed to provide students with the theoretical and analytical tools to engage in cross-national study and research of political processes in Latin America.  It explores alternative theoretical approaches as well as substantive topics of major importance studied by scholars in the field.   Priority will be placed on critically examining the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to understanding political and economic change in the region.   The debates and theoretical currents that we will examine have been central not only in the study of Latin American politics but also in the development of the sub-discipline of Comparative Politics over the last thirty years.  

 

Course Requirements  

1. Seminar participation:  The success of the seminar will depend first and foremost upon the active engagement of students.  Barring extraordinary circumstances, students should always come prepared to discuss and debate the material.  You must contact me ahead of time if you plan to miss a session.  

2. Two position briefs. Twice during the semester students will write a brief (3-4 double-spaced pages in length) on the readings in response to questions that will be handed out. The same students who write for the week will lead off the class discussion.  Students will sign up to select these days.  

3. Two short essays.  Students will be required to write two short essays (6–8 double-spaced pages) that critically analyze the readings around given questions.  These essays must put forth and develop a thesis, not merely summarize/synthesize the readings. 

4. Final Assignment:  Students will be required to write a final integrative essay (10–12 double-spaced pages) in response to given questions OR come up with a research design for a proposed study. Instructions will follow on the latter. Doctoral students who plan on doing theses on Latin America are urged to consider the research design option.

Deadlines and Grade Determination

Seminar participation:  20 percent

Position papers:  5 percent each (students will sign up for two specific dates)

Two short essays:  20 percent each

Final Essay: 30 percent 

You should e-mail the class your position papers by 8:00 am on the day you will present.

Please submit the essays to my government department box by 4:00 of the day they are due.   I will not accept papers via e-mail.   Late papers will be penalized by 1/3 of a letter grade per day. 

 

Texts

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule. Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies, by Guillermo O'Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986. 

Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America, by Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens.  Chicago and London:  The University of Chicago Press. 

Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings, edited by Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, and Wendy Hunter.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

All other readings have been posted on Blackboard. 

LAS 337M • Polit/Eco/Socty Contemp Brazil

40220 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 2.124
(also listed as GOV 337M )
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Description: 

This course will examine the major economic, political, and sociological developments of Brazil in the 20th and 21st centuries.   It will concentrate on the broad themes of state-led industrialization and economic management; the alternation of authoritarian politics and democratic government; and the multiple challenges brought on by high levels of social inequality in the country.   More specifically, economic topics include recent moves toward increased globalization and the tapping of Amazonian resources.  Political topics to be covered include the institutions that have allowed elites to retain power and privilege.  Sociological subjects include the high rates of crime and related challenges that have arisen from the pursuit of a development model that has led to extreme concentrations of wealth and record levels of income inequality.  The course also examines recent policies designed to alleviate poverty and improve the country’s profile of inequality. 

Prerequisites:

None

Requirements and Grading:

Reading is due by the Tuesday session of each week.  It is imperative that students do the readings, reflect upon them, and come to class prepared to discuss them.  Class participation will be a significant factor in the final grade.  Attendance will be accounted for as part of the class participation grade.  There will be one quiz, two in-class examinations, and a final take-home essay that reflects upon the course as a whole. I will hand out questions for the final essay well in advance of the due date.   

Assignment:                     Grade Distribution     

 Class participation                    10 percent    

 Quiz                                        10 percent

First in-class examination           25 percent  

Second in-class examination      25 percent   

Final take home essay               30 percent   

This course will use plus/minus grades.

Texts for purchase:   

- Bailey, Stanley. 2009. Legacies of Race: Identities, Attitudes, and Politics in Brazil. Stanford : Stanford University Press.

- Skidmore, Thomas E. 2009. Brazil: Five Centuries of Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

- Course Packet

LAS 384L • Analytcl Iss In Lat Amer Polit

40450 • Spring 2012
Meets T 1230pm-330pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 390L )
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Course Description

This course is a graduate-level introduction to Latin American politics.  It is designed to provide students with the theoretical and analytical tools to engage in cross-national study and research of political processes in Latin America.  It explores alternative theoretical approaches as well as substantive topics of major importance studied by scholars in the field.   Priority will be placed on critically examining the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to understanding political and economic change in the region.   The debates and theoretical currents that we will examine have been central not only in the study of Latin American politics but also in the development of the sub-discipline of Comparative Politics over the last thirty years.   

Book to Purchase

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule.  Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies, by Guillermo O'Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter.  Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins University Press,1986.  

Leftist Governments in Latin America:  Successes and Shortcomings, edited by Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid, and Wendy Hunter.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Course Requirements   

1. Seminar participation:  The success of the seminar will depend first and foremost upon the active engagement of students.  Barring extraordinary circumstances, students should always come prepared to discuss and debate the material.  You must contact me ahead of time if you plan to miss a session.  

2. Two position papers. Twice during the semester students will write a very short paper (2-3 pages in length) on the readings in response to questions that will be handed out. The same students that write for the week will lead off the class discussion.  Students will sign up to select these days. 

 3. Two short essays.  Students will be required to write two short essays (6–8 pages) that critically analyze the readings around given questions.  These essays must put forth and develop a thesis, not merely summarize/synthesize the readings.  

4. Final essay.  Students will be required to write a final integrative essay (10–12 pages) in response to given questions.      

No prerequisites

LAS 337M • Polit/Eco/Socty Contemp Brazil

40535 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 2.124
(also listed as GOV 337M )
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This course will examine the major economic, political, and sociological developments of 

Brazil in the 20th and 21st centuries.   It will concentrate on the broad themes of state-led 

industrialization and economic management; the alternation of authoritarian politics and 

democratic government; and the multiple problems brought on by high levels of socio- 

economic inequality.   In addition to the many challenges that Brazil faces, the course 

will also examine the many opportunities the country has.   

  The political topics to be covered include the institutions that allow elites to 

retain power and privilege.  Economic topics include recent moves toward increased 

globalization and the tapping of Amazonian resources.  Sociological subjects include the 

high rates of crime and related problems that have arisen from the pursuit of a 

development model that has led to extreme concentrations of wealth and record levels of 

income inequality.       

LAS 384L • Analytcl Iss In Lat Amer Polit

40785 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 1230pm-330pm BAT 1.104
(also listed as GOV 390L )
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Books Published

The Transformation of the Workers' Party in Brazil, 1989–2009

2010, Cambridge University Press.

Leftist Governments in Latin America: Successes and Shortcomings

2010, Cambridge University Press. Edited by Kurt Weyland, Raúl L. Madrid and Wendy Hunter..

Eroding Military Influence in Brazil: Politicians against Soldiers

1997, The University of North Carolina Press.

State and Soldier in Latin America: Redefining the Military’s Role in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile

1996, United States Institute of Peace Press.

Journal Articles

"Whither Clientelism? Good Governance and Brazil's Bolsa Familia Program"

Natasha Borges Sugiyama and Wendy Hunter. Comparative Politics, October 2013.

“Democracy and Social Policy in Brazil: Advancing Basic Needs, Preserving Privileged Interests.”

Wendy Hunter and Natasha Borges Sugiyama. Latin American Politics and Society 51:2 (Summer 2009): 29–58.

"The Normalization of an Anomaly: The Workers' Party in Brazil."

World Politics 59:3 (April 2007): 440–475.

"Rewarding Lula: Executive Power, Social Policy, and the Brazilian Elections of 2006."

Wendy Hunter and Timothy J. Power/ Latin American Politics and Society 49:1 (Spring 2007): 1–30.

"The Effects of Capital Mobility, Trade Openness, and Democracy on Social Spending in Latin America, 1980-1999."

George Avelino, David S. Brown and Wendy Hunter. American Journal of Political Science 49:3 (July 2005): 625–641.

“Democracy and Human Capital Formation: Education Spending in Latin America, 1980–1997.”

David S. Brown and Wendy Hunter. Comparative Political Studies 37:7 (September 2004): 842–864.

“World Bank Directives, Domestic Interests, and the Politics of Human Capital Investment in Latin America.”

Wendy Hunter and David S. Brown. Comparative Political Studies 33:1 (February 2000): 113–143.

“Democracy and Social Spending in Latin America, 1980–1992.”

David S. Brown and Wendy Hunter. American Political Science Review 93:4 (December 1999): 779–790.

“Negotiating Civil-Military Relations in Post-Authoritarian Argentina and Chile.”

International Studies Quarterly 42:2 (June 1998): 295–318.

“Continuity or Change? Civil–Military Relations in Democratic Argentina, Chile, and Peru.”

Political Science Quarterly 112:3 (Fall 1997): 1–23.

“Market Structures, Political Institutions, and Democratization: The Latin American and East European Experiences.”

with David Bartlett. Review of International Political Economy 4:1 (Winter 1997): 87–126.

“Politicians against Soldiers: Contesting the Military in Post–Authoritarian Brazil.”

Comparative Politics 27:4 (July 1995): 425–443.

“Contradictions of Civilian Control: Argentina, Brazil and Chile in the 1990s.”

Third World Quarterly 15:4 (1994): 635–655.

“The Brazilian Military after the Cold War: In Search of a Mission.”

Studies in Comparative International Development 28:4 (Winter 1994): 31–49.

Other Journal Articles

"Lula’s Brazil at Mid–Term.”

Wendy Hunter and Timothy J. Power. Journal of Democracy 16:3 (July 2005): 127–139.

“Brazil’s New Direction.”

Journal of Democracy 14:2 (April 2003): 151–162.

Invited Contributions

"The Partido dos Trabalhadores: Is the PT Still a Party of the Left?"

In Peter Kingstone and Timothy Power eds., Democratic Brazil Revisited. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008: 15-32.

"Rewarding Lula"

Wendy Hunter and Timothy J. Power. A Portuguese translation of the 2007 journal article, "Rewarding Lula" was published in Carlos Ranulfo Felix de Melo and Manuel Alcántara Sáez, eds., A democracia brasileira: balanço e perspectivas para o século XXI (Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2007). A Spanish translation of the article appears in Carlos Ranulfo Felix de Melo and Manuel Alcántara Sáez, eds., La democracia brasileña: balance y perspectivas para el siglo XXI (Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2008).

"Corrupção no Partido dos Trabalhadores: O Dilema do 'Sistema.'"

In Jairo Nicolau and Timothy J. Power eds., Instituições representativas no Brasil: Balanço e reforma. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2007.

"Internacionalização Econômica, Democratização e Gastos Sociais na América Latina, 1980–1999."

George Avelino, David S. Brown and Wendy Hunter. In Gilberto Hochman, Marta Arretche, and Eduardo Marques eds., Políticas Públicas no Brasil. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Fio Cruz, 2007.

“Growth and Transformation of the Workers’ Party in Brazil, 1989–2002.”

Kellogg Institute Working Paper, #326, August 2006: 1-37.

"Internacionalização, Democracia e Gasto Social: Comparações de uma Perspectiva Latino–Americana."

George Avelino, David S. Brown and Wendy Hunter. In Paulo Arvate and Ciro Biderman eds., Economia do Setor Público no Brasil. Campus Elsevier, 2004.

“Education Policy Reform in Latin America: New Opportunities and Old Constraints.”

In Ana Margheritis, eds., Latin American Democracies in the New Global Economy. Miami: North–South Center Press at the University of Miami, 2003: 173-195.

“Globalization, Democracy, and Social Spending in Latin America.”

George Avelino, David S. Brown and Wendy Hunter. In John O’Loughlin eds., Globalization and its Outcomes. New York: Guilford Publications, 2004: 209-228.

“Reason, Culture, or Structure?: Assessing Civil–Military Dynamics in Brazil.”

In David Pion–Berlin ed. Civil–Military Relations in Latin America: New Perspectives. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2001: 36-58.

“The Role of International Financial Institutions in Promoting Economic Reforms and International Cooperation in the Americas.”

In Jorge I. Domínguez ed. The Future of Inter–American Relations. New York and London: Routledge Press, 2000: 113-130.

“Assessing Civil-Military Relations in Post-Authoritarian Brazil.”

In Peter Kingstone and Timothy Power eds. Democratic Brazil: Actors, Institutions, and Processes. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000: 101-125.

“The Dirty War and its Aftermath: Recent Contributions on the Military and Politics in Argentina.”

Latin American Research Review 34:2 (Spring 1999): 198-213.

“Civil–Military Relations in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile: Present Trends, Future Prospects.”

In Felipe Agüero and Jeff Stark eds. Fault Lines of Democratic Governance in the Americas. The North–South Center at the University of Miami in conjunction with Lynne Rienner Press, 1998.

Book Reviews

Review of Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson, eds. Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

In The Latin Americanist 48:2 (Spring 2005): 124-126.

Review of Barry Ames. The Deadlock of Democracy in Brazil. University of Michigan Press, 2001.

In Perspectives on Politics: The American Political Science Association 1:1 (March 2003).   

Review of J. Samuel Fitch. The Armed Forces and Democracy in Latin America. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

In Comparative Political Studies (Spring 2000).

Review of Ken Conca. Manufacturing Insecurity: The Rise and Fall of Brazil’s Military–Industrial Complex. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1996.

In the American Political Science Review 92:3 (September 1998).

Review of Lars Schoultz, William C. Smith, and Augusto Varas, eds. Security, Democracy, and Development in U.S.–Latin American Relations. Miami: University of Miami, North–South Center, 1994.

In the American Political Science Review 89:4 (September 1995).

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