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An Overview of Latin America

Guillermo O'Donnell

in Democracy, Agency, and the State

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587612
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723384 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587612.003.0009

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

An Overview of Latin America

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This chapter begins by clarifying that this study provides only a rather quick overview of Latin America, intended to provide a comparative context to the book, not a detailed study of the present state of democracy in this region, something that the author intends to undertake in future work. Some of the specific characteristics of these democracies, both achievements and flaws, are underlined.

Keywords: Latin America; the state; inequality; delegative democracy; judiciary; congress; police; mistrust; social movements

Chapter.  7905 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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