Leslie E. Anderson is a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on democratization and the politics of the poor in Latin America and elsewhere. She has written two books: The Political Ecology of the Modern Peasant: Calculation and Community (1994) explores popular motives to political action in Central America. Learning Democracy: Citizen Engagement and Electoral Choice in Nicaragua, 1990–2001 (with Lawrence C. Dodd, 2005) applies voting choice theory from U.S. politics to the study of electoral opinion in the new Nicaraguan democracy.
John A. Booth is Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He has edited and written books, scholarly journal articles, and anthology chapters on revolution, democratization, and political attitudes and behavior in Central America.
Michael Durnan earned his master’s degree in political science from the University of New Mexico in 2002. He recently completed a tour of duty in the Peace Corps in Georgia, the former Soviet republic, and is currently teaching English in the Ukraine.
James H. Lebovic is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University. He writes on defense policy, democracy and human rights, and international conflict, including “Uniting for Peace? Democracies and United Nations Peace Operations After the Cold War,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 48 (2004); and “Spending Priorities and Democratic Rule in Latin America,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 45 (2001). His forthcoming publications include a study of the effects of democracy on transparency in the international arms trade (Journal of Peace Research) and a study of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (with Erik Voeten, International Studies Quarterly).
Cynthia McClintock is Columbian School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. A past president of the Latin American Studies Association and Executive Council member of the American Political Science Association, she is the author of Revolutionary Movements in Latin America: El Salvador’s FMLN and Peru’s Shining Path (1998) and coeditor of The Peruvian Experiment Reconsidered (with Abraham F. Lowenthal, 1983), and articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, and other scholarly journals. [End Page iii] Her most recent book is The United States and Peru: Cooperation at a Cost (with Fabian Vallas, 2003).
Gabriel Ondetti is an assistant professor of political science at Missouri State University. His research focuses on social movements and the politics of land reform in Brazil and Latin America. His article “An Ambivalent Legacy: Cardoso and Land Reform” is forthcoming in Latin American Perspectives. He is working on a book manuscript on the Brazilian landless movement.
Mark Peceny is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. He studies the relationship between democracy, dictatorship, and the international system. His book Democracy at the Point of Bayonets (1999) examines the promotion of democracy during U.S. military interventions. His articles look at how political regimes shape the behavior of states in the world and how the international system shapes democracy within states. They have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, and the Latin American Research Review.
Patricia Bayer Richard is Trustee Professor of Political Science at Ohio University. She has served as dean and associate provost and has published articles and chapters on reproductive rights, political participation, and political attitudes and behavior in Central America.
David Samuels is Benjamin E. Lippincott Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in Latin American politics and the comparative study of political institutions, focusing on Brazilian politics, political parties, federalism, the separation of powers, and the relationship between institutional context and the nature of political representation and accountability. He is the author of Ambition, Federalism, and Legislative Politics in Brazil (2003) and articles in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, The Journal of Politics, The British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Democracy, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea is a lecturer in economics at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London. His research concentrates on the varieties of capitalism in developing countries...