Politics In The Andes (Paperback)

Identity, Conflict, Reform (Pitt Latin American Series)

By Jo-Marie Burt (Editor), Philip Mauceri (Editor)

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958284, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 22, 2004

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The Andean region is perhaps the most violent and politically unstable in the Western Hemisphere. Politics in the Andes is the first comprehensive volume to assess the persistent political challenges facing Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Arguing that Andean states and societies have been shaped by common historical forces, the contributors' comparative approach reveals how different countries have responded variously to the challenges and opportunities presented by those forces. Individual chapters are structured around themes of ethnic, regional, and gender diversity; violence and drug trafficking; and political change and democracy.

Politics in the Andes offers a contemporary view of a region in crisis, providing the necessary context to link the often sensational news from the area to broader historical, political, economic, and social trends.

Praise For Politics In The Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (Pitt Latin American Series)

"Brilliantly illuminates the nature and origins of the Andean arc of crisis. . . . Examines the intense challenges to democratization in the five Andean nations—ethnic and regional cleavages, poverty, and traditions of political violence that have been exacerbated amid the ‘War on Drugs.’"
—Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University

"Engaging. . . This volume far surpasses its modest goals, introducing the reader to the complex terrain of Andean politics and identifying intriguing variations in how these societies have responded to common challenges."
--Latin American Politics and Society