Producing more effective governance is the greatest challenge that faces most Latin American democracies today-a challenge that involves t only strengthening democratic institutions but also increasing governmental effectiveness. Focusing on the post-1990 period, this volume addresses why some policies and some countries have been more successful than others in meeting this dual challenge. Two features of the volume stand out. First, whereas some analysts tend to generalize for Latin America as a whole, this group of authors underscores the striking differences of achievement among countries in the region and illustrates the importance of understanding these differences. The second feature is the range of expertise within the volume. In addition to the volume editors, the contributors are Alan Angell, Daniel Brinks, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jose de Gregorio, Alejandro Foxley, Evelyne Huber, Jose Miguel Insulza, Juliana Martinez Franzoni, Patricio Navia, Francisco Rodriguez, Mitchell Seligson, John Stephens, Jorge Vargas Cullell, and Ignacio Walker.
Scott Mainwaring is the Eugene Conley Professor of Political Science and Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Timothy Scully is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Fellow of the Kellogg Institute.