GV444      Half Unit
Democracy and Devt in Latin America

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Francesco Panizza CON5.12


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Global Politics and MSc in Global Politics (Global Civil Society). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Other graduate students may follow the course with permission.

Course content

To study the relationship between political and economic change in Latin America from c1980 to the present.

Main Topics:

What was the Washington Consensus? The politics of economic reform: ideas, actors and institutions; international institutions and policy making; trading blocks and regional integration; the social dimensions of democracy and development; the Washington Consensus revisited; the policies and politics of the post-Washington Consensus and the rise of the left.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to submit two non-assessed essays and make at least one seminar presentation.

Indicative reading

D. Green, Silent Revolution. The Rise and Crisis of Market Economics in Latin America, S. Haggard & R Kaufman, The Politics of Economic Adjustment; W Smith, Democracy, Markets and Structural Reform in Contemporary Latin America; ; Edwards, Crisis and Reform in Latin America: From Despair to Hope?; J. Burdick, P. Oxhorn and K. M. Roberts, Beyond Neoliberalism in Latin America? Societies and Politics at the Crossroads. F. Panizza, Contemporary Latin America: Development and Democracy Beyond the Washington Consensus.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Two-hour unseen written examination in the ST.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 9.9
Merit 69
Pass 21.1
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: 23

Average class size 2012/13: 12

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication