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    Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens Publish New Book on Democracy and the Left in Latin America

    Huber and Stephens book coverEvelyne Huber, Morehead Alumni Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and John D. Stephens, Gerhard E. Lenski, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Director of the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have just published their new book, Democracy and the Left: Social Policy and Inequality in Latin America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

    In Democracy and the Left, Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens argue that the resurgence of democracy in Latin America is key to this change. In addition to directly affecting public policy, democratic institutions enable left-leaning political parties to emerge, significantly influencing the allocation of social spending on poverty and inequality. But while democracy is an important determinant of redistributive change, it is by no means the only factor. Drawing on a wealth of data, Huber and Stephens present quantitative analyses of eighteen countries and comparative historical analyses of the five most advanced social policy regimes in Latin America, showing how international power structures have influenced the direction of their social policy. They augment these analyses by comparing them to the development of social policy in democratic Portugal and Spain (excerpted from University of Chicago Press website:


    Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley, writes “Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens have produced another classic contribution to the literature on the political dynamics of social policy. Combining sophisticated cross-national quantitative analysis with comparative historical analysis founded on encyclopedic knowledge of the cases in question, Huber and Stephens demonstrate how and why politics makes a fundamental difference to national welfare. As Latin America increasingly becomes a reference point for those interested in progressive policy outcomes, this book is a must for the libraries of social scientists and policy makers”.

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