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Federalism and Democracy in Latin America

Edited by Edward L. Gibson

We live in an increasingly federalized world. This fact has generated interest in how federal institutions shape politics, policy-making, and the quality of life of those living in federal systems. In Federalism and Democracy in Latin America, Edward L. Gibson brings together a distinguished group of scholars to examine the Latin American experience with federalism and to advance our theoretical understanding of politics in federal systems.

By means of theoretical essays and case studies, the authors address questions of how and when federal institutions matter for politics, policy-making, and democratic practice. They also offer conceptual approaches for studying federal systems, their origins, and their internal dynamics. Federalism and Democracy in Latin America provides case studies on the four existing federal systems in Latin America–Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela–and their experiences in dealing with a variety of issues, including federal system formation, democratization, electoral representation, and economic reform.

Contributors: Edward L. Gibson, Northwestern University; Alfred Stepan, Columbia University; Scott Mainwaring, University of Notre Dame; Ernesto Calvo, University of Houston; Alberto Diaz Cayeros, Stanford University; Tulia Gabriela Falleti, University of Pennsylvania; Enrique Ochoa Reza, Columbia University; Michael Penfold-Becerra, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, Venezuela; David J. Samuels, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Richard Snyder, Brown University of Illinois.

About the Author

Edward L. Gibson is associate professor of Political Science and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University

Reviews

The essays in this edited volume explore 'the dynamics of federalism and its impact on politics and the practice of democracy,' and effectively challenge previous generalizations about federalist systems.

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Endorsements

Federalism and Democracy in Latin America is a strong contribution to a debate that is likely to become central in comparative politics and for students of democracy and political institutions. It includes contributions by some of the most prominent figures in the field and offers a nice balance of theoretical and broadly comparative analyses.

- Gerardo Munck, School of International Studies, University of Southern California

All chapters in this book are well written and argued, and should influence debates... It is highly recommended.

- Alan Trench - Political Studies Review

Provides very good case studies of each country with a federalist government structure.

- Robert H. Wilson - Latin American Research Review
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