The research is some of the best I have seen in this field, covering material that even single country analyses have ignored. . . . The inclusion of the CD is brilliant and will make an important contribution to the availability of such data.
The culmination of a major survey, this new study attempts for the first time to make “the definition of democracy” in Latin America visible, and thus able to be interpreted.
Citizen Views of Democracy in Latin America seeks to expand our understanding of how Chileans, Costa Ricans, and Mexicans think about the meaning of democracy, why they so think, and, to a lesser extent, what difference might such ideas about democracy make for other aspects of collective life. The decision to make the data available through a CD-ROM is truly inspired.
Based on surveys of 12,000 people in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico, this book examines the different concepts of democracy within Latin America and contrasts each of these with the American understanding of the idea. Twelve essays discuss mass belief systems, trust, cultural explanations for democracy, the role of traditional variables, the relatonship between the political culture in Mexico and that in the U.S., and economics and partisanship. Each of the essays are based on the same data set (included in an accompanying CD-ROM). Contributors are political scientists and historians from the United States, Mexico, and Argentina.
... a major and well-substantiated contribution to the debate about democracy's values and its future in Latin America.
An intriguing depiction of the political views and attitudes of citizens in three Latin American nations.
Roderic Ai Camp is McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College in California. The author of more than twenty books on Mexico, his most recent publications include Politics in Mexico: The Decline of Authoritarianism and Crossing Swords: Politics and Religion in Mexico. He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the Fulbright Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which supported the research for this project.