Latin American Politics - Introductory PP

Latin American Politics - Introductory PP - Introduction

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Politics of Latin America (POLI  103D) Introduction
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What  is  Latin America? Is latin America special? Why  do we study Latin america? How  do we study Latin America? Can we separate politics from other  mechanisms?
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There are Many Ways to Study Political Science American Politics Area Studies International Relations Comparative Politics (Democracies, LDCs, Regions,  etc.) Systemically – Usually “Global Systems” (Global North v.  Global South or Center v. Periphery)
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Within each area there are a variety of theoretical approaches and “models” Rational Choice (Clientelism) Cultural Statist – democratization development, etc. Actor Systemic – International Economic (usually) Intrinsic character – National Economic (usually)
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The Best theories are comprehensive They combine comparative and international concepts With regard to LA especially, thinking about the influence  of the US is important Thinking about the region as a whole and also 
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course POLI 103D taught by Professor Dr.hawn during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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