Democracy in Contemporary Latin America

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Democracy: Contemp Lat Amer

Fall 2018

Taught By: Carlos Forment

Section: A

CRN: 7064

Credits: 4

The meaning of the term, democracy, in Latin America and elsewhere, like so many other concepts that are constitutive of public life, has been construed differently by scholars identified with divergent political traditions. The aim of this course is to introduce students without any special knowledge to the decades-long debate that analyze and influence the transition from authoritarian to democratic rule in Latin America. The course is in two parts. In the first, we will review the writings of the three most influential theorists of democratization in the region: Carlos Nino (epistemic democracy and human rights); Guillermo O’Donnell (liberal institutionalism and citizenship); and Ernesto Laclau (populism and representation). In reading their works, we will focus on the way they characterize and account for the peculiarities of democracy in Latin America in relation to Western Europe and North America. In the second half of the course, we will deepen our understanding of the various conceptual frameworks discussed earlier by examining a range of case studies that discuss different aspects of democratization in Argentina. Focusing on the process in this country has several advantages. The socio-political experience and various concepts that are associated with the Argentine case has become a benchmark for analyzing democratization in other countries across the region. Moreover, an in-depth study of the Argentine case offers an opportunity to explore the changing relationship between the formation of concepts and the development of empirical research.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:05am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1102

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/12/2018