The professor of international political economy and chair of the Global Leadership Institute at the University of California San Diego selects the most important books on the Western Hemisphere published during the last year. Here are his reviews, culled from recent issues of the magazine.
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In this informative collection, leading Cuban social scientists express their frustration at the slow pace of economic reform, even as they recognize that the magnitude of Cuba’s accumulated problems demands skillful surgery.
Schneider hopes the middle and popular classes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will mobilize on behalf of more egalitarian fiscal policies and stronger states capable of implementing shared national compacts. Such revised states might be drawn closer to their more prosperous neighbor, Costa Rica, which benefits from relatively well-established institutions and a firmer commitment to social democracy.
Teixeira, a rising Brazilian scholar, forcefully makes the case that the United States has employed radically different policies in Mexico and the Caribbean basin than in more distant South America.