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Week 9: Political Legitimacy and Governance

Political Legitimacy and Governance: Liberalism

How was political legitimacy constructed? How did notions of good government change over time? How did understandings of rights change with changing political system change over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth century? How do ideas of state sovereignty relate to Human Rights?

 Primary Sources:

Speeches of Eva Peron (Argentina 1951), Eva Peron on Women's Suffrage (Argentina 1947).

Zapatista Revolutionary Women's Law and the San Andrés Accords (Mexico 1996).

Core Reading:

Sikkink, Kathryn. 'Human Rights, Principled Issue-Networks, and Sovereignty in Latin America.' International Organization, vol. 47, no. 3, 1993, pp. 411–441.

Tristan Platt. "Liberalism and ethnocide in the southern Andes", History Workshop Journal No. 17, (Spring 1984), 3-18.

Rodolfo Stavenhagen, “Indigenous Peoples and the State in Latin America: An Ongoing Debate” in Rachel Sieder (ed). Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy, Palgrave Press, 2002.

Further Reading:

Michael L. Conniff. Populism in Latin America. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press: 2012.

Nils Jacobsen and Cristóbal Aljovín de Losada (eds.) Political cultures in the Andes, 1750-1950. Duke University Press | 2005.

Larson, Brooke. Trials of Nation Making : Liberalism, Race, and Ethnicity in the Andes, 1810-1910, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Hilda Sábato. ‘On Political Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Latin America’ The American Historical Review. 106:4 (2001), 1290–1315.
Sabato, Hilda. 2018. Republics of the New World: The Revolutionary Political Experiment in Nineteenth-Century Latin America. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Sikkink, Kathryn. “Human Rights, Principled Issue-Networks, and Sovereignty in Latin America.” International Organization, vol. 47, no. 3, 1993, pp. 411–441.,

Rodolfo Stavenhagen, “Indigenous Peoples and the State in Latin America: An Ongoing Debate” in Rachel Sieder (ed). Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy, Palgrave Press, 2002.

Philip Oxhorn. “The Social Foundations of Latin America’s Recurrent Populism: Problems of Class Formation and Collective Action.” Journal of Historical Sociology. 1998.