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Latin American Political Culture
Public Opinion and Democracy


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Latin American Politics

© 2015 | 312 pages | CQ Press
Latin American Political Culture: Public Opinion and Democracy presents a genuinely pan-Latin American examination of the region’s contemporary political culture. This is the only book to extensively investigate the attitudes and behaviors of Latin Americans based on the Latin American Public Opinion Project’s (LAPOP) AmericasBarometer surveys. Through its analysis of data on eighteen countries, the book systematically and comparatively evaluates norms, attitudes, and opinions concerning democracy and its consolidation. Beginning with an introduction of political culture and its scholarship, it examines democratic and authoritarian norms, explores how citizens relate to the political world, and considers implications for democratic stability. It then examines key behavioral outcomes in politics, such as in attitudes toward gays and fear of crime, and how political culture changes over time. Case studies highlight how these factors come together in particular cases. The findings reveal a complex Latin America with distinct political cultures. This book joins rigorous analysis with clear graphic presentation and extensive examples.  Readers learn about public opinion research, engage with further questions for analysis, and have access to data, an expansive bibliography, and links to appendices.
 
Part I: Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Latin American Political Culture and Democracy: Introduction
What Is Political Culture? A Common Language for Politics  
Why Political Culture Matters: An Argument Over Its Function  
Views of Latin American Political Culture: Traditional Theories and an Emerging New Picture  
The Goal of This Book  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Part II: A Survey of Latin American Political Cultural Norms
 
Chapter 2: Do Latin Americans Support Democracy?
What Model of Democracy?  
Historical-Cultural Background and Latin American Political Culture  
Sources of Democratic Attitudes  
Case Study: Uruguay Is the Most Culturally Democratic Latin American Country  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Chapter 3: Do Latin Americans Reject Authoritarian Norms?
Authoritarian Norms in a Democratic Context?  
Historical-Cultural Background  
Surveying Latin Americans’ Commitment to Authoritarian and Antidemocratic Political Norms  
Authoritarianism and Related Norms Among Latin Americans  
Sources of Authoritarian and Antidemocratic Norms  
Case Study: Political Culture and Honduras’ “Pajama Coup”  
Discussion and Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Chapter 4: Views of Government and the Political System
Historical-Cultural Background  
Views About Politics And Government  
Political Efficacy and Trust  
Party Identification And Ideology  
Expectations of the Political System: Government and Welfare and Divisions on the Rule of Law  
Case Study: Caudillismo, Confrontation, and Venezuela's Crisis in the Bolivarian Revolution  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Chapter 5: Demand for Democracy and Evaluation of Government’s Institutions
The Performance of Latin American Governments  
Citizens’ Evaluations of Their Governments  
Explaining Satisfaction With Democracy  
Case Study: Vigilante Justice in Mexico- Failed Public Security and Autodefensas  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Part III: Critical Issues of Latin American Political Culture
 
Chapter 6: Civic and Political Participation
Historical-Cultural Background  
How Citizens Participate  
Civil Society Activism  
Political Participation  
Case Study: Brazil- Sao Paulo Youth Protest for Access to Fancy Malls  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Chapter 7: Innate Characteristics and Political Culture: Gender, Age, Race, and Ethnicity
Gender  
Age  
Race and Ethnicity  
Skin Color  
Case Study: Cultural Integration of Indigenous Guatemalans and Bolivians  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Chapter 8: Acquired Cleavages and Political Culture
Religious Identity  
Education  
Economic Status  
Case Study: Tolerance of Gays Reveals Powerful Religious and Contextual Effects  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  
 
Chapter 9: Dynamic Factors and Political Culture
The Age of Democracy and Political Culture  
Economic Crisis and Political Attitudes  
Social and Political Capital and Democratization  
Case Study: Women in Elite Politics  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Questions  
 
Part IV: Conclusions About Latin American Political Culture
 
Chapter 10: Conclusions: Consolidating Democratic Culture
Summing Up: What We Have Learned  
Latin America and Its Northern Neighbors  
Practical Implications of Political Culture  
Conclusions  
Further Analysis Exercises  

Supplements

Student Study Site
Open-access STUDENT RESOURCES put knowledge to the test, featuring:
  • Appendices
  • Graphics from the Book

Insightful book, great for wider reading on Latin America.

Ms LB Begum
Department of Management & IT, University of Wales, Trinity St David
August 28, 2014

Insightful book, great for wider reading on Latin America.

Ms LB Begum
Department of Management & IT, University of Wales, Trinity St David
August 28, 2014

Insightful book, great for wider reading on Latin America. Easy to adopt, not a dense a book. I would recommend.

Ms LB Begum
Department of Management & IT, University of Wales, Trinity St David
August 28, 2014

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