Civil-Military Relations in Latin America

New Analytical Perspectives

Edited by David Pion-Berlin

Foreword by Abraham F. Lowenthal

320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 tables, 7 figs., notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4981-1
    Published: October 2001
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-7529-2
    Published: January 2003
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    Published: January 2003

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The armed forces may no longer rule nations throughout Latin America, but they continue to influence democratic governments across the region. In nine original, thought-provoking essays, this book offers fresh theoretical insights into the dilemmas facing Latin American politicians as they struggle to gain full control over their military institutions.

Latin America has changed in profound ways since the end of the Cold War, the re-emergence of democracy, and the ascendancy of free-market economies and trade blocs. The contributors to this volume recognize the necessity of finding intellectual approaches that speak to these transformations. They utilize a wide range of contemporary models to analyze recent political and economic reform in nations throughout Latin America, presenting case studies on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, and Venezuela. Bridging the gap between Latin American studies and political science, these essays not only explore the forces that shape civil-military relations in Latin America but also address larger questions of political development and democratization in the region.

The contributors are Felipe Agüero, J. Samuel Fitch, Wendy Hunter, Ernesto López, Brian Loveman, David R. Mares, Deborah L. Norden, David Pion-Berlin, and Harold A. Trinkunas.

Latin American Studies/Political Science

About the Author

David Pion-Berlin is professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside.
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"[An] important book. . . . Clearly establishes the importance of theory in considering civil-military relations."--Choice

"Pion-Berlin has assembled an impressive group of scholars for this project. The high quality of the chapters results in a fine collection. . . . This book is a major contribution to the literature on civil-military relations and, in general, democratization in Latin America. It is of great value for both area specialists and comparativists."--American Political Science Review

"Required reading within the field of civil-military relations."--The Americas

"This book should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the current state of knowledge about contemporary civil-military relations in Latin America. It provides work of both emerging and established scholars, showcasing different analytical methods in a systematic way and addressing major issues facing the region today."--Jonathan Hartlyn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill