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ISBN-13: 978-1421401102
ISBN-10: 142140110X
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The Levitsky/Roberts work, nonetheless, will stand as the most comprehensive treatment to date of the re-emergence of the Latin American left, and of the variable performance in office of the 'first generation' of left and centre-left governments.

(Philip Chrimes International Affairs)

A must read for those interested in understanding the return of Latin America to the Left and the variation inherent in it.

(Choice)

Impressive and authoritative... this is a very fine volume.

(Peadar Kirby European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

A wide range of ideological perspectives... Levitsky and Roberts open the volume with a solid essay.

(Marc Becker Latin American Perspectives)

About the Author

Steven Levitsky is a professor of government at Harvard University. He is the coauthor of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War, author of Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America, and coeditor of Informal Institutions and Democracy, the last also published by Johns Hopkins. Kenneth M. Roberts is a professor of government at Cornell University, the author of Deepening Democracy?, and the coeditor of Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142140110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421401102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2012
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This book contains 18 different articles that deal with leftist governments in Latin America. The introduction and conclusion provide interesting arguments with regards to the causes that led many countries in the region to elect left parties in the 2000s. The authors also provide a typology to classify left parties in the region: the PT in Brazil or Frente Amplio in Uruguay are very different from the PJ in Argentina or MAS in Bolivia. The authors argue that these differences are the product of different historical legacies (for example, the PT and FA were created in the 1970s-80s, during these countries' Bureaucratic Authoritarian regimes, while MAS emerged as a social movement at the end of the 1990s). The rest of the chapters deal with different important topics. For example, the chapter by David Samuels and Jason Ross Arnold explores public opinion and the left (are Latin American voters really leftist?) and other chapters are case studies of each of the different national experiences. If you want to understand the left in Latin America this book (plus the one edited by Weyland, Madrid and Hunter) is a good way to start.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lidia G. on October 13, 2014
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The book is great, but whatever you do, do not buy the Kindle version. It was poorly made, the table of contents does not comprise of the chapters, making navigation inside the book a lot more complicated than it has to be. :(
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