Constructing Democratic Governance: Latin America and the Caribbean in the 1990s -- Themes and Issues; Constructing Democratic Governance: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean in the 1990s; Constructing Democratic Governance: South America in the 19

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Constructing Democratic Governance: Latin America and the Caribbean in the 1990s -- Themes and Issues

Edited by Jorge Domínguez and Abraham F. Lowenthal
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996
128 pp. $13.95
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Constructing Democratic Governance: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean in the 1990s

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, 1996
232 pp. $15.95
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Constructing Democratic Governance: South America in the 1990s

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224 pp. $15.95
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This comprehensive three-volume set takes a close look at the status of democratic regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean. In terms of electoral politics, the picture is encouraging. But beyond the achievement of free and competitive elections, there are major enduring problems. In strengthening the role of legislatures and the judiciary, redressing social inequities, protecting human rights, and establishing civilian control over the military, Latin America lags far behind the industrialized democracies. Essays by Alan Angel on incorporating the left into democratic politics and Deborah J. Yashar on indigenous protest and democracy are backed up by detailed case studies of virtually every country in the region, including a chapter by Marifeli Perez-Stable on the slender prospects for democracy in Cuba. Each volume shares a brief introductory statement by the editors and concluding chapter by Dominguez and Jeanne Kinney Giraldo, with index and endnotes, so that each can stand on its own. Overall this is a remarkable collaborative achievement and provides a quick, authoritative, and handy reference that will be invaluable to students.