Shaping the Political Arena

Critical Junctures, the Labor Movement, and Regime Dynamics in Latin America

Ruth Berins Collier and David Collier

From the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies

1993 winner of the APSA Comparative Politics Section’s “Best Book Award”

“This book is a disciplined, paired comparison of the eight Latin American countries with the longest history of urban commercial and industrial development—Brazil and Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, Uruguay and Columbia, Argentina and Peru. . . . Overall, a path-breaking volume.” — Foreign Affairs

“Excellent comparative-historical analysis of eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela) focuses on emergence of different forms of control and mobilization of the labor movement. By concentrating on alternative strategies of the State in shaping the labor movement, authors are able to explain different trajectories of national political change in counties with longest history of urban, commercial, and industrial development. Important and valuable work includes glossary of terms and extensive index (general and by country).” — Handbook of Latin American Studies

RUTH BERINS COLLIER is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

DAVID COLLIER is professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.


“This is a monumental work, a tour de force. It is one of the most important books in the field of Latin American politics in several years.” —_American Political Science Review,_ Volume 86, No. 3

“To paraphrase the book’s title, this masterful work deserves to shape the intellectual arena for social scientists and historians for years to come.” —_Political Science Quarterly,_ Volume 7, No. 2 (Summer, 1992)

“This massive, ambitious, and wide-ranging book advances our understanding of modern Latin American politics by identifying the historical moment when forces emerged and relations were crystallized in ways that shaped subsequent political life.” —_The Review of Politics,_ Spring 1993

“Massive in scope, ambitious in its conceptual reach, and encyclopedic in detail, Shaping the Political Arena is destined to stand as a landmark in the literature for years to come.” —_Studies in Comparative International Development,_ Volume 27, Number 1, Spring 1992

“. . . Colliers’ mammoth tome remains among the most significant contributions to the field of comparative political science … [It] is an indispensable point of reference both for students of comparative politics in twentieth-century Latin America and for comparativists interested in state-society relations in late industrializing societies throughout the world. Shaping the Political Arena is destined to remain among the classic works of Latin Americanist scholarship that contribute to disciplinary debates that reach far beyond the region itself.” —_Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies_