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Año: 2013 vol. 45 n. 3

Eaton, Kent. The Centralism of ‘Twenty-First-Century Socialism’: Recentralising Politics in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.  / El centralismo del ‘socialismo del siglo XXI’: políticas de recentralización en Venezuela, Ecuador y Bolivia p. 421-450 Bolivia | Ecuador | Venezuela
Recentralización; descentralización; subnacional; Bolivia; Ecuador; Venezuela
Siglo XXI


Presidents Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa and Evo Morales have all sought to reverse the policies of decentralisation that were adopted in the 1990s in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. This article adapts ideational and institutional hypotheses from the earlier literature on decentralisation to explain this recent movement in the opposite direction. At the ideational level, because of the close association of decentralisation with liberalisation in each country, recentralisation emerged as a way for presidents to reverse the legacies of their neoliberal predecessors. Beyond ideology, recentralisation can be explained by paying attention to the territorial distribution of electoral support; presidents used it to weaken the sub-national governments where the opposition had found political shelter, while simultaneously redirecting recentralised resources toward supporters.

Camp, Roderic Ai. The 2012 Presidential Election and What It Reveals about Mexican Voters.  / La elección presidencial de 2012 Presidential Election y lo que ello revela acerca de los votantes mexicanos p. 451-481 México
Democracia; elecciones presidenciales; votantes; PRI; México
Siglo XXI


The 2012 presidential election in Mexico is significant for many reasons, not least of which is that it returned the Partido Revolucionario Institucional to power after two Partido Acción Nacional administrations. This essay reviews more than 50 surveys taken before and during the election to determine significant patterns among Mexican voters, comparing the most influential traditional and non-traditional demographic variables, as well as other variables such as partisanship and policy issues in this election, with those of the two previous presidential races. It also analyses other influential variables in the 2012 presidential race, including social media and the application of new electoral legislation. It identifies significant differences and similarities among voters today in contrast to the two prior elections, and suggests long-term patterns among Mexican voters which are likely to influence voting behaviour in future elections, ranging from regionalism and gender to partisanship and social media.

Skaar, Elin. Wavering Courts: From Impunity to Accountability in Uruguay.  / Vacilación de los tribunales: de la impunidad a la rendición de cuentas en Uruguay p. 483-512 Uruguay
Rendición de cuentas; derechos humanos; impunidad; justicia transicional; Uruguay


Many Latin American countries are moving towards increased accountability for past human rights violations, and there is a growing global consensus that international law does not allow some crimes simply to be exempted from prosecution. Uruguay has had a deeply split response to these developments. While the Supreme Court and the political elite increasingly pushed to end impunity, the public actually ratified the 1985 amnesty law protecting the military from prosecution in a 2009 plebiscite. The amnesty law was finally abolished by Parliament in 2011. This article traces the winding road from impunity to accountability in Uruguay in the context of substantial public support for impunity. It argues that, while the lack of judicial independence obstructed the quest for justice for many years, the combination of continued civil society demands for justice met by increasingly human-rights-friendly executives and liberal-minded judges (and lately also prosecutors) explains the recent advance in retributive justice.

Bawden, John R. Cutting Off the Dictator: The United States Arms Embargo of the Pinochet Regime, 1974–1988.  / Cortando con el dictador: el embargo estadounidense de armas al régimen de Pinochet, 1974-1988 p. 513-543 Chile
Relaciones Estados Unidos–Latinoamérica; Pinochet; Guerra Fría; venta de armas; Chile
Siglo XX


In 1976, the US Congress halted arms sales to Chile. This paper examines the congressional debate over arms sales to Chile and the political and military consequences of the action. Recent scholarship has largely overlooked the embargo and its implications for regional security dynamics in South America. Initially US sanctions increased Chile's diplomatic isolation and military vulnerability, which made regional conflict more likely. However, Chile's ability to surmount the effects of the embargo eventually increased Augusto Pinochet's independence vis-à-vis Washington. When the Reagan administration began pushing for a transition to democracy, it lacked two key instruments for influencing a military government: weapons sales and security assistance.

Cribelli, Teresa. ‘These Industrial Forests’: Economic Nationalism and the Search for Agro-Industrial Commodities in Nineteenth-Century Brazil.  / "Estos bosques industriales»: el nacionalismo económico y la búsqueda de materias primas agro-industrial en el Brasil del siglo XIX p. 545-579 Brasil
Brasil; historia de la ciencia; historia de las mercancías; historia del medio ambiente
Siglo XIX


In the nineteenth century, members of the Rio de Janeiro-based Sociedade Auxiliadora da Industria Nacional promoted the development of new agro-industrial commodities from Brazil's native forests as substitutes for expensive foreign imports. Influenced by late colonial scientists and reformers who followed the political economy of Carl Linnaeus, the society turned a Portuguese imperial project of economic revitalisation into a vision for developing the nation's post-independence economy. For society members, Brazil's ‘industrial forests’ were essential for economic independence and defined the new nation's place in an emerging global capitalist system.

Journal of Latin American Studies
Papel | Versión digital con suscripción | Trimestral | Reino Unido ISSN versión papel: 0022-216X
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Año de creación: 1969

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