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

Fall 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41495 W
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
BAT 5.102

Course Description

This seminar will analyze the tension-filled relationship of political liberalism and economic liberalization in Latin America: Under what conditions was it politically feasible to enact drastic market reform in fragile competitive regimes? What factors triggered the region-wide change of development model, and what political tactics did reform-minded governments use to limit opposition and build support? In turn, how has determined structural adjustment affected the stability and quality of democratic regimes? What impact has neoliberalism had on Latin American party systems, on relations among the branches of government, and on civil society? By examining the causes and consequences of market reform in democratic settings, this seminar intends to examine the contemporary political economy of Latin America in a comprehensive fashion.

Grading Policy

Grading will be based on three brief response/discussion papers, one to two 8 - 10 pp. essays, a 25-30 pp. research paper or a 10 pp. research proposal, and ample class participation.


Texts (preliminary listing) Javier Santiso, Latin America's Political Economy of the Possible, MIT Press 2006 Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman, The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions, Princeton UP 1995 Susan Stokes, Mandates and Democracy, Cambridge UP 2001 Kurt Weyland, The Politics of Market Reform in Fragile Democracies, Princeton UP 2002 Marcus Kurtz, Free Market Democracy and the Chilean and Mexican Countryside, Cambridge UP, digital paperback edition 2006 Kenneth Roberts, forthcoming book on the transformation of Latin American party systems, Cambridge UP 2007 (?) Thick course reader with Xeroxed journal articles and book chapters


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