Deepening Democracy: Global Governance and Political Reform in Latin America (Hardback)
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Deepening Democracy: Global Governance and Political Reform in Latin America (Hardback)

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Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 30/05/2003
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Adams surveys the impact of transnational organizations and NGOs on Latin American politics since 1990. The transition from military to civilian rule in Latin American countries has benefited local progressive forces, but resilient remnants favoring the past's authoritarian politics have compelled organizations like the UN, IMF, OAS, and World Bank to engage in various campaigns to deepen democratic institutions and norms. Adams argues that to understand current political transformations in the region, one must consider the existing role of external organizations. Latin America is offered as a prime example of the increased influence transnational authorities have over political decisions that had long been the exclusive prerogative of national governments. Beginning with the Latin American experience, Adams reviews the contemporary character of power and politics in the area, outlining how democratic transitions have been limited. UN human rights and reform initiatives are considered. Adams scrutinizes the work of the World Bank, the IMF, and the Inter-American Development Bank to modernize public administration, strengthen political institutions, enhance transparency and accountability, and fortify civil society. He also examines the work and impact and the Organization of American States and various global citizens groups.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780275970383
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 210 x 155 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The author's underlying assumption is that democratic change is only possible and sustainable through grassroots participation. Democracy is understood here as driven by competitive politics, but participatory democracy and representative democracy offer ways to achieve reforms. Adams focuses on assessment of reform initiatives carried out by transnational organizations in Latin America since 1990....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."-Choice
"We welcome this book which puts Latin America in an international perspective. Americans who view the word "iberal" as dangerous and subversive may be disturbed by the picture on the front cover, which shows a political demonstration featuring banners proclaiming "PARTIDO LIBERAL" and "JUVENTUDE LIBERAL." They can relax: the word is used in it's harmless Brazilian sense."-World Affairs Report
?We welcome this book which puts Latin America in an international perspective. Americans who view the word "iberal" as dangerous and subversive may be disturbed by the picture on the front cover, which shows a political demonstration featuring banners proclaiming "PARTIDO LIBERAL" and "JUVENTUDE LIBERAL." They can relax: the word is used in it's harmless Brazilian sense.?-World Affairs Report
?The author's underlying assumption is that democratic change is only possible and sustainable through grassroots participation. Democracy is understood here as driven by competitive politics, but participatory democracy and representative democracy offer ways to achieve reforms. Adams focuses on assessment of reform initiatives carried out by transnational organizations in Latin America since 1990....Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.?-Choice

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