Political Science | Latin American Politics
Y337 | 3458 | Ahnen


This is an introductory course to the politics of Latin America.
While it assumes no specific knowledge, students are expected to have
a basic curiosity about the region and a desire to learn about it.
The course considers alternative theoretical explanations for
patterns of politics, analyzes the role of major political actors in
shaping domestic politics, and reviews contemporary political trends.

Some of the questions we will be asking include:  What is the
relationship between a country's social and economic conditions and
its political system?  Why have so many Latin American nations
alternated between democratic and authoritarian regimes?  How have
relations with industrialized nations—especially the U.S.—affected
the political systems of Latin American countries?  In our attempt to
find answers, we will examine the political systems of Argentina,
Brazil, Mexico, Chile and five Central American countries:
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica