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South American Politics

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'This course will examine the principal issues in the study of 20th Century South American politics. It will center in the interaction between history and politics in Latin America's quest for democritization. We will analyze the main actors and political institutions, the issues and the analytical framework to explain political developments in the Continent. We will compare paths of democratization in several South American countries to understand why democracy has flourished and is more consolidated in some countries than in others. We will also analyze specific policy issues and processes; civilian control over the Army, the emerging role of leftist-oriented parties, structural adjustment policies, the integration of these countries into the world economy, the role of the U.S. in the region and economic and political integration in the Americas. Normally offered alternate years.'