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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...

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,...

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 1968–2000

by Dolores Trevizo Penn State University Press (April 27, 2011)

When the PRI fell from power in the elections of 2000, scholars looked for an explanation. Some focused on international pressures, while others pointed to recent electoral reforms. In contrast, Dolores Trevizo...

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....