Center-Sponsored Course, Fall 2004

Peter H. Smith
"Democracy and Democratization in Latin America"

This seminar will explore patterns and processes of democratization in contemporary Latin America. Specific topics will include: cycles of democracy during the twentieth century, electoral institutions and behavior, economic and social performance of democratic (and non-democratic) governments, the pursuit of social equity, popular opinion about the merits of democracy, and future scenarios for Latin American politics.

Peter H. Smith is Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is a specialist on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and U.S.-Latin American relations. His publications include fifteen books and approximately one hundred book chapters or journal articles. Currently he is a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley.

November 5, 12, 19 and December 3, Fridays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street
LAS 298.1/198.1; 1 unit, pass/no-pass grading option

This course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. To obtain a class entry code, please submit a brief narrative describing your interest and experience in the subject matter. Please email this statement to Teresa Stojkov, Vice Chair of CLAS at tstojkov@berkeley.edu by October 1, 2004.

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