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LS/PT 249: Politics of Latin America

Course Overview: This course explores modern Latin American politics. We consider how major political and economic actors, events, and ideas from the colonial period through the present contribute to strengthening or weakening representative government and economic growth in the region. Focusing on the cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile  students learn about mass politics and populism; regime breakdown and military rule; the twin challenges of democratic transitions and development under neoliberal reforms; and finally, ongoing challenges and opportunities that include poverty and inequality; illiberal democracy; dysfunctional parties and elections; and the rise of new social movements.

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