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Democracy Within Reason

by Miguel Angel Centeno Penn State University Press (January 13, 1997)

During the 1980s the Mexican regime faced a series of economic, social, and political disasters that led many to question its survival. Yet by 1992 the economy was again growing, with inflation under control...


Blood and Debt

by Miguel Angel Centeno Penn State University Press (April 18, 2002)

What role does war play in political development? Our understanding of the rise of the nation-state is based heavily on the Western European experience of war. Challenging the dominance of this model, Blood...


In a Defiant Stance

by John P. Reid Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

The minimum of violence accompanying the success of the American Revolution resulted in large part, argues this book, from the conditions of law the British allowed in the American colonies. By contrast, Ireland's...


Use of Force

by Arthur Mark Weisburd Penn State University Press (April 04, 1997)

This book is among the few to develop in detail the proposition that international law on the subject of interstate force is better derived from practice than from treaties. Mark Weisburd assembles here a broad...


What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market?

by Philip D. Oxhorn & Graciela Ducatenzeiler Penn State University Press (December 10, 1998)

While there is much literature analyzing the politics of implementing economic reforms, very little has been written on the social and political consequences of such reforms after they have been implemented....


State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy

by Agnieszka Paczyńska Penn State University Press (December 12, 2012)

In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation...


Care Work and Class

by Merike Blofield Penn State University Press (April 10, 2012)

Despite constitutions that enshrine equality, until recently every state in Latin America permitted longer working hours (in some cases more than double the hours) and lower benefits for domestic workers than...


Harnessing Globalization

by Roy C. Nelson Penn State University Press (July 28, 2009)

How can countries in the underdeveloped world position themselves to take best advantage of the positive economic benefits of globalization? One avenue to success is the harnessing of foreign direct investment...


Neoliberalism, Accountability, and Reform Failures in Emerging Markets

by Luigi Manzetti Penn State University Press (April 02, 2010)

The agenda of neoliberal market reform known as the Washington Consensus, which was meant to turn around the economies of developing and postcommunist countries and provide the bedrock of economic success on...


Reorganizing Popular Politics

by Ruth Berins Collier & Samuel Handlin Penn State University Press (January 06, 2010)

A historic shift has occurred in the organizational structures through which the lower classes in Latin America express voice and find political representation. With the political and economic reforms of the...


Trust, Democracy, and Multicultural Challenges

by Patti Tamara Lenard Penn State University Press (April 10, 2012)

Banning minarets by referendum in Switzerland, publicly burning Korans in the United States, prohibiting kirpans in public spaces in Canada—these are all examples of the rising backlash against diversity that...


Tax Evasion and the Rule of Law in Latin America

by Marcelo Bergman Penn State University Press (November 20, 2009)

Few tasks are as crucial for the future of democracy in Latin America—and, indeed, in other underdeveloped areas of the world—as strengthening the rule of law and reforming the system of taxation.

In this...


Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico

by Andrew Selee Penn State University Press (May 31, 2011)

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, many countries in Latin America freed themselves from the burden of their authoritarian pasts and developed democratic political systems. At the same time, they...


Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America

by Benjamin Goldfrank Penn State University Press (March 04, 2011)

The resurgence of the Left in Latin America over the past decade has been so notable that it has been called “the Pink Tide.” In recent years, regimes with leftist leaders have risen to power in Argentina,...


Traumatic Politics

by Barry M. Shapiro Penn State University Press (October 22, 2009)

The opening events of the French Revolution have stood as some of the most familiar in modern European history. Traumatic Politics emerges as a fresh voice from the existing historiography of this widely studied...


Limiting Resources

by LaDawn Haglund Penn State University Press (August 10, 2010)

The provision of public goods such as education, electricity, health, sanitation, and water used to be regarded as primarily the responsibility of governments, but in the 1980s privatization of such services...


Reactions to the Market

by Laura J. Enríquez Penn State University Press (February 02, 2010)

It is manifest in developing countries around the world that the “shock” therapy administered to their economies by the neoliberal model of structural adjustment has failed, leaving much social and economic...


From Windfall to Curse?

by Jonathan Di John Penn State University Press (October 26, 2009)

Since the discovery of abundant oil resources in the 1920s, Venezuela has had an economically privileged position among the nations of Latin America, which has led to its being treated by economic and political...


The Politics of National Capitalism

by James P. Brennan & Marcelo Rougier Penn State University Press (November 20, 2009)

In mid-twentieth-century Latin America there was a strong consensus between Left and Right—Communists working under the directives of the Third International, nationalists within the military interested in...


Do the Poor Count?

by Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson Penn State University Press (October 27, 2010)

Latin America’s flirtation with neoliberal economic restructuring in the 1980s and 1990s (the so-called Washington Consensus strategy) had the effect of increasing income inequality throughout the region....


State, Labor, and the Transition to a Market Economy

by Agnieszka Paczyńska Penn State University Press (February 13, 2009)

In response to mounting debt crises and macroeconomic instability in the 1980s, many countries in the developing world adopted neoliberal policies promoting the unfettered play of market forces and deregulation...


In the Name of Reason

by Patricio Silva Penn State University Press (January 13, 2009)

The major role played by a technocratic elite in Chilean politics was perhaps most controversial when the “Chicago Boys” ran the economic program of Augusto Pinochet’s military regime from 1973 to 1990....


Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies

by Vicki L. Birchfield Penn State University Press (January 27, 2009)

There has been much concern about rising levels of income inequality in the societies of advanced industrial democracies. Commentators have attributed this increase to the impact of globalization, the decline...


Argentina's Radical Party and Popular Mobilization, 1916–1930

by Joel Horowitz Penn State University Press (November 19, 2008)

Democracy has always been an especially volatile form of government, and efforts to create it in places like Iraq need to take into account the historical conditions for its success and sustainability. In this...


The Illusion of Civil Society

by Jon Shefner Penn State University Press (November 14, 2008)

Much has been written about how civil society challenges authoritarian governments and helps lead the way to democratization. These studies show that neoliberal economic policies have harmed many sectors of...


Crafting Peace

by Caroline A. Hartzell & Matthew Hoddie Penn State University Press (June 25, 2007)

The recent efforts to reach a settlement of the enduring and tragic conflict in Darfur demonstrate how important it is to understand what factors contribute most to the success of such efforts. In this book,...


Democratization Without Representation

by Kenneth C. Shadlen Penn State University Press (July 06, 2004)

When countries become more democratic, new opportunities arise for individuals and groups to participate in politics and influence the making of policy. But democratization does not ensure better representation...


Gendered Paradoxes

by Amy Lind Penn State University Press (May 23, 2005)

Since the early 1980s Ecuador has experienced a series of events unparalleled in its history. Its “free market” strategies exacerbated the debt crisis, and in response new forms of social movement organizing...


Toleration, Diversity, and Global Justice

by Kok-Chor Tan Penn State University Press (December 19, 2000)

The "comprehensive liberalism" defended in this book offers an alternative to the narrower "political liberalism" associated with the writings of John Rawls. By arguing against making tolerance as fundamental...