“Presidents and Democracy in Latin America” es el nuevo libro editado por Manuel Alcántara, catedrático del Área de Ciencia Política, junto con Jean Blondel y Jean-Louis Thiébault.

This new textbook provides students with a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the presidents and presidential leadership in Latin America. Unlike other texts, Presidents and Democracy in Latin America integrates both historical analysis and major theoretical perspectives with extensive country-specific material. Part One examines the personalization of political life and of presidential government to illustrate the character of Latin American politics. Part Two studies two presidents in six countries in the region which reflect the broad trends in the political and electoral life: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.


A timely and extremely relevant contribution to the study of the region’s politics and systems of government. Authored by stellar European comparativists and Latin American country experts, the chapters offer key insights into some of the most pressing issues of contemporary politics.” Octavio Amorim Neto, Associate Professor, Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration.

Written by renowned specialists and country experts, Presidents and Democracy in Latin America appropriately acknowledges the equal importance of political institutions, governmental constructions, and leadership traits in shaping political processes and policy decisions in
contemporary Latin America … A groundbreaking contribution to the study of presidentialism in Latin America.” Mariana Llanos, Lead Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.