Assessing Democracy in Latin America: A Tribute to Russell H. Fitzgibbon


Based on fifty years' worth of data, Assessing Democracy in Latin America examines & compares the progress of Latin American countries toward democracy. The essays in this volume, all written by contributors to the Fitzgibbon Democracy Survey, focus their analyses on those factors most germane to the growth, maintenance, or failure of democratic systems. For example, in his initial chapter, Philip Kelly identifies two variables, mechanized agriculture & per-capita newspaper circulation, as the best statistical indicators of democracy in Latin America. Other contributors explore a variety of new topics such as the connection between democracy & environmental movements (Kathryn Hochstetler & Steven Mumme), political parties (John D. Martz), & social dynamics (Robert L. Peterson).

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • John D. Martz
  • Robert L. Peterson
  • Kathryn Hochstetler
  • Stephen Mumme
  • Martin Needler
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1998


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