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POLI 362 Latin American Politics (1)

Striking political changes have swept Latin America since the 1980s: dictatorships fell, transitions to democracy took place and democracy has since seen ups and downs. What explains transitions from authoritarian regimes to democracies? Why do some democracies survive and others break down? What are some of the key pressing political issues in contemporary Latin America? The course is designed to help students learn about Latin America and social science analysis by becoming familiar with and understanding 1) the outlines of political processes and events in the region and 2) the different theories and concepts that have been put forth to explain these. Case studies include Argentina, Mexico, Chilie, Bolivia and Venezuela (among others).