17.554 Political Economy of Latin America

As taught in: Fall 2002

A colored political map of South America.

Map of South and Latin America. (Image courtesy of United States Department of Agriculture.)




Prof. Chappell Lawson

Course Description

This class explores the politics of economic reform in Latin America. Topics addressed include: Dependency, Development, and Bureaucratic-Authoritarianism; The Political Consequences of Market-Oriented Reform in Venezuela; The Mexican Peso Crisis; Transitions from Authoritarian Rule in the Southern Cone; Civil-Military Relations; Limits of Democratization; Parties and Elections in Latin America; Religion, Political Mobilization, and Civil Society; and Revolution.