Urban Poverty, Political Participation, and the State

Lima, 1970–1990

Henry Dietz is the leading American scholar on Lima squatter settlement politics . . . [This book] is the synthesis of his research since 1970. It includes his interpretations of the four surveys he has carried out in six Lima squatter settlements and places them in the larger context of what has been happening in Peru politically, economically, and socially since the military takeover in 1968 and the return to democracy in 1980. In my judgment, anything he writes on the subject is worth publishing.
David Scott Palmer, Boston University

Urban Poverty, Political Participation, and the State offers an unparalleled longitudinal view of how the urban poor saw themselves and their neighborhoods and how they behaved and organized to provide their neighborhoods with basic goods and services. Grounding research on theoretical notions from Albert Hirschman and an analytical framework from Verba and Nie, Dietz produces findings that hold great interest for comparativists and students of political behavior in general.

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Henry Dietz

Henry Dietz is a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas, Austin, and has been the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and associate director of the Institute of Latin American Studies. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at the University of Texas and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru from 1964 to 1966.

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