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17.554 Political Economy of Latin America, Fall 2002

Map of South America.
Map of South and Latin America. (Image is taken from

Highlights of this Course

This course features extensive lists of readings and related links.

Course Description

This class explores the politics of economic reform in Latin America. Topics addressed include: Dependency, Development, and Bureaucratic-Authoritarianism; The Political Consequences of Market-Oriented Reform in Venezuela; The Mexican Peso Crisis; Transitions from Authoritarian Rule in the Southern Cone; Civil-Military Relations; Limits of Democratization; Parties and Elections in Latin America; Religion, Political Mobilization, and Civil Society; and Revolution.

Instructions for Citation

Professors at other institutions are welcome to use these materials, in whole or in part, for teaching purposes.

Use of the materials should be cited as follows: Chappell Lawson, MIT OpenCourseWare (/index.html) course materials for 17.554 (Political Economy of Latin America, Fall 2002), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, downloaded on [Insert Date].



Prof. Chappell Lawson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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