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Latin America in the 21st Century Nations, Regionalism, Globalization by Gian Luca Gardini

Latin America in the 21st Century Nations, Regionalism, Globalization


Latin America in the 21st Century Nations, Regionalism, Globalization by Gian Luca Gardini

Twenty-first century Latin America is rich in history, culture, and political and social experimentation. In this fascinating and insightful analysis, Gardini looks at contemporary developments at three interconnected levels: state, region and globe. At the state level, leaders such as Evo Morales of Bolivia and Chavez of Venezuela embody a renewed intellectual autonomy in the continent, while revealing significant discrepancies between their rhetoric and their actions. At the regional level, while a consensus has emerged over Latin American unity as the only way towards development, the existence of several competing schemes of regional economic and political integration more accurately reflect the diversity of the area. At the global level, elements of change, such as the rise of Brazil and the involvement of China as a new trade partner, sit alongside traits of continuity, such as the crucial political, economic and ideational role played by Washington. Overall, Gardini argues that despite the numerous challenges to be faced, Latin America is now more wealthy, autonomous and better-placed in global geopolitics than at any time in its recent history.


'An approachable, lucid and readable introduction to contemporary issues in Latin America. The book has the merits of making complex issues comprehensible without distorting them and of placing questions raised by social scientists in a clear context of contemporary history.'
Christopher Abel, Reader in Latin American History, University College, London

'The book has a strong and highly relevant analytical framework (rhetoric vs. pragmatism, unity vs. diversity, and change vs. continuity) and is innovative in its approach. It combines academic rigour with an impressive breadth of coverage.'
Peter W. Lambert, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics, University of Bath, and former president of the UK Society for Latin American Studies

'This book reflects very well on most issues facing Latin America in these first decades of the twenty-first century.'
Tullo Vigevani, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Sao Paulo State Universitytate University

About the Author

Dr Gian Luca Gardini is Professor of International Relations and Latin American Politics at the Friedrich-Alexander University.

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Publication date

12th April 2012


Gian Luca Gardini

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Zed Books Ltd


152 pages


Politics & government



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