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S. authors who studied Latin America and Latin American authors (Collier 1979),5 setting an example of scholarly collaboration between North and South that transformed the way knowledge about Latin American politics was produced. Moreover, O’Donnell’s work and the discussion about it was seminal in that it gave impetus to a new research agenda focused on Latin American political regimes and democracy that has been sustained over the past four decades. This agenda of research has been wide ranging and has been fueled by the contributions of a large number of scholars.
2). In addition to being a standard point of reference in debates about regimes and democracy in Latin America, the modernization thesis has probably been the most tested hypothesis in the quantitative literature. These tests have important limitations. They have used simple economic measures as GDP per capita, which neither captures the thicker sense of economic development conveyed by some of the literature nor distinguishes among various phases of development. They are further constrained due to the limited availability of data on other variables, altogether ignoring arguments about the strategic choices made by actors and the interaction between structure and agency.
The political realities of Latin America, or at 5 Gerardo L. Munck least some aspects of politics of great normative concern, have been studied in a systematic manner. And, as discussed next, a rich debate has flourished regarding how to explain the varied experience of Latin American countries with democracy and other political regimes. 2. Explanatory Theories and Debates The main explanatory theories and debates in the literature on regimes and democracy in Latin America have focused on the two closely related yet distinct questions: (1) What are the conditions for a transition from some form of authoritarianism to democracy?