PSCI 351 The New Left and Neoliberalism in Latin America (W)

Last offered Fall 2013

Recent years have seen a resurgence of the political left in Latin America. This course seeks to understand the origins of this new left, the ideas and character of its protagonists, the neoliberal philosophy it opposes, and the arena of democratic politics it inhabits today. We first read polemics from both sides, before stepping back to consider Latin American political economy, including the twentieth-century left, from a more historical and analytical perspective. With this preparation, we then look more closely at major contemporary figures and movements in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, and other countries. After considering explanations of the rise of the left and assessments of its performance in power, we end our common readings by asking what it might mean today to be on the left in Latin America -- or anywhere -- both in policy and political terms.
Class Format: lecture and discussion, plus one or two debates and two seminar classes
Requirements/Evaluation: three short essays, a one-page reflection paper, and a 12-page research proposal
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Prerequisites: a course on Latin America and a course in Economics, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: INST Latin American Studies Electives,POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses,PSCI Comparative Politics Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 1512
PSCI 351 LEC New Left&Neolib in Latin Amer (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive James E. Mahon
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