Latin American Program Books

See the collection of books by Program staff, scholars, and consultants in coordination with the Wilson Center.

Issues in this Series

Mafia & Co.

Juan Carlos Garzón
Mafia & Co. provides an analytical perspective of the inner workings and expansion of organized crime in three Latin American countries. The author provides a comparative investigation looking specifically at criminal networks in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug

Paul Gootenberg
Paul Gootenberg traces the rise of one of Latin America's notable exports: cocaine. Gootenberg guides the reader through the history of cocaine and details the involvement of prominent and shadow actors who transformed the formerly medicinal plant into an industrial trade commodity. Andean Cocaine provides a means to understanding not only the rise of cocaine, but also the effect its industry has had on the United States.

Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America

Andrew Selee and Enrique Peruzzotti
This empirically grounded collection examines the growth of participatory institutions in Latin American democracy and how such institutions affect representative government. Selee and Peruzzotti analyze specific cases in Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.

Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil

Leonardo Avritzer
Brazil has conducted some of the world's most stunning experiments in participatory democracy, most notably the creation of city budgets through local citizens' meetings. Leonardo Avritzer introduces a fresh analytical approach, highlighting civic participation's most effective means and expanding the empirical base for assessing state institutions.

Corrupt Circles: A History of Unbound Graft in Peru

Alfonso W. Quiroz
This book provides a historical view of Peruvian corruption, dating back to the country's colonial period. Quinoz demonstrates how corruption has been deeply embedded and costly for Peru's state institutions, hindering the country's development, and how this corruption aided by the readiness of both Peruvians and the international community to turn a blind eye.

Toward a Society Under Law

Joseph S. Tulchin and Meg Ruthenburg
The first part of the book covers general themes related to crime, including the impact of community policing, the role of advocacy networks, urban social policies and crime, and the cost of crime. The second part includes case studies of police reform, community policing, Argentina's plan for crime prevention, and crime in Mexico City.

Citizenship in Latin America

Joseph S. Tulchin and Meg Ruthenburg
Is democracy in Latin America in trouble, as many now argue? Or is the increasingly overt political participation of both "average" and marginalized citizens evidence to the contrary? This important collection focuses on citizenship to shed light on the dynamics and obstacles that the region's democracy's now face. Published by Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Philip Oxhorn, Joseph S. Tulchin, and Andrew Selee
This book studies the relation of decentralization to democratization at both intermediate and local levels and analyzes how decentralization is transforming the relationship between the state and civil society. The publication presents case studies from six countries in three continents.

The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade

Vinod K Aggarwal, Ralph H. Espach, and Joseph S. Tulchin
The diversity of Latin American trade agreements established since the mid-1980s reflects a broadening range of strategic perceptions and orientations. The argument of this volume is that this increasing divergence among the arrangements reflects fundamental and growing differences among their broader strategic perceptions and political and economic objectives.

Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Sara Castro-Klarén and John Charles Chasteen
In Beyond Imagined Communities four historians examine social situations and four critics examine production of cultural objects, showing how more diverse cultural influences shaped Latin American nationalism. Order this book from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes

Francisco E. Thoumi
Some countries develop illegal drug industries, and others do not. Discerning the distinguishing characteristics -- social, economic, and political -- of countries with these industries forms the subject of this sophisticated and humane study. Order this book from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy and the State

Hugo Fruhling, Joseph S. Tulchin, and Heather Golding
This volume offers timely discussion of the responses of the major actors in Latin America and the world to the threats violence and crime pose. The book focuses on citizen security from a variety of perspectives, examining case studies and offering policy recommendations based on the foregoing analyses.

Entre el crimen y el castigo: Seguridad ciudadana y control democrático en América Latina y el Caribe

Lilian Bobea
Esta compilación busca aportar una visión comparada de las experiencias en materia de criminalidad y delincuencia y su impacto en la seguridad ciudadna, así como de los mecanismos vigentes en el ámbito hemisférico para hacer frente a esos asuntos.

Democratic Governance and Social Inequality

Joseph S. Tulchin and Amelia Brown
This volume examines the challenges that social inequities present to democratic governments. Its authors argue that issues of poverty and inequality – far from diminishing – are becoming even more important in the global environment. Bridging economic and political concerns, they consider the relationships between globalization, income and wealth inequality, and democratic governance.

Latin America in the New International System

Joseph S. Tulchin and Ralph H. Espach
Placing Latin America in the context of debates on economic globalization and the dramatically changing nature of the international system, this volume bridges discussions of the region and broader world politics, advancing critical insights from within the region together with reflections from a global perspective.

Combating Corruption in Latin America

Joseph S. Tulchin and Ralph H. Espach
As corruption continues to threaten the consolidation of democracies in Latin America, authors from across the world examine the relationship between democratic and market reforms and corruption, including national strategies for its reduction. They discuss the nature, methods, and historical antecedents of today's corrupt practices.

Social Development in Latin America: The Politics of Reform

Joseph S. Tulchin and Allison Garland
This volume provides a wide-ranging analysis of social welfare reform in the region, examining in particular the politics involved in implementing difficult and controversial social policies that often pit the middle strata of society, represented by powerful stakeholders, against the poor.Order this book from Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Comparative Peace Processes in Latin America

Cynthia J. Arnson
Presenting a carefully structured comparative analysis of six Latin American countries that experienced guerilla warfare that outlasted the end of the cold war, this volume explores the unique constellation of national and international events that allowed some wars to end in negotiated settlement, one to end in virtual defeat of the insurgents, and others to rage on.

La "nueva izquierda " en America Latina: Derechos humanos, participacion politica, y sociedad civil

Cynthia J. Arnson, Ariel Armony, Enrique Peruzzotti, Catalina Smulovitz, Gaston Chillier, and Giselle Cohen
This book explores the phenomenon of leftist governments in Latin America from the perspective of human rights and civic participation. Topics include accountability for past violations, new challenges in promoting human rights, political participation and civil state society, and social politics and civil society.

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