THIS first comprehensive overview of Latin American politics as a discipline provides an essential summary of the history, key questions and future of research in this burgeoning field of scholarship. The region has always been of great importance in the study of comparative politics, and this book will cement that role. It is an essential source for serious scholars of political and economic development in Latin America, and will be considered by many to be a required resource for teaching staff, students and analysts. If the price is likely to put it out of the reach of undergraduates, they should at least demand that their departmental libraries maintain at least one copy of the Routledge Handbook of Latin American Politics. Its editors have assembled distinguished scholars recognised globally as leaders in their fields to provide a crucial introduction to the institutional structure and dynamics of politics, economic development and all the leading issues that shape and define the study of this complex and diverse region. Divided into six parts, the handbook provides an introduction to democratic governance and political institutions; development; political actors and social groups; international relations; theories and methodologies; and reflections on the state of the academic field itself. It will be a welcome, and much consulted, addition to the library of Latin Americanists everywhere.