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.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

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.