Latin American Perspectives, founded in 1974, is a theoretical and scholarly journal for discussion and debate on the political economy of capitalism, imperialism, and socialism in the Americas. Most issues focus on a single problem, nation, or region, providing an in-depth look from participants and scholars throughout the Americas.


Our objective is to encourage class analysis of sociocultural realities and political strategies to transform Latin American sociopolitical structures. We make a conscious effort to publish a diversity of political viewpoints, both Marxist and non-Marxist perspectives, that have influenced progressive debates in Latin America. Top priority will be given to articles that strike directly at the most important theoretical issues, particularly subjects that have received inadequeate discussion or are in sharp dispute. We also attempt to encourage the work of relatively “unknown” students and scholars, and to bring the work of Latin American scholars to the English-speaking world. Latin American Perspectives welcomes strong views as long as they are backed by cogent arguments, are grounded in Latin American reality, and are written to be comprehensible to a wide audience. Readers’ criticism, comments, and proposals are welcomed.


Issue #216 Sept. 1 2017 Volume 44-5

In the 1990s Barry Gills, Joel Rocamora, and Richard Wilson directly challenged the democratic-transitions literature by introducing the model of “low-intensity democracy” a largely procedural democracy that allows political opposition, greater individual freedoms, a reduced institutional role for the armed forces, and a more permeable environment for the investments of transnational capital.


Issue #206 Jan 2016 Volume 43-1

“The Return of the State, New Social Actors, and Post-Neoliberalism in Ecuador”


Issue #203 Jul 2015 Volume 42-4

Dualities of Latin America



ISSUE #196 MAY 2014 VOLUME 41-3

Indigenous Migration in Mexico and Central America: In the Footsteps of Michael Kearney

ISSUE #192 SEPT 2013 VOLUME 40-5

Open (New Structures for Capital and Forms of Resistance)

ISSUE #189 MAR 2013 VOLUME 40-2

Urban Latin America: Violence, Enclaves, and Struggles for Land

ISSUE #184 MAY 2012 VOLUME 39-3

Arts, Culture, and Politics, Part 2: Representations of Resistance in Latin American Art

ISSUE #174 SEP 2010 VOLUME 37-5

Peruvian migration

ISSUE #173 JUL 2010 VOLUME 37-4

Bolivia under Morales Part 2

ISSUE #170 JAN 2010 VOLUME 37-1

Open (Paradoxes of Revolution)