In This Review

New Military Politics in Latin America
New Military Politics in Latin America
Edited by Robert Wesson
Praeger/Stanford: Hoover, 1982, 230 pp

The contention is that military politics are unlikely to be a passing phase and that their current scope and style result from two modern conditions: efforts to spread political power to large numbers of citizens in societies not prepared to meet their demands, and the emergence of the armed forces as coherent political entities. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia and Venezuela are treated individually in these 11 essays, which are capped by a reflective chapter on U.S. policy.