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John Burdick is Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University. He is author of Legacies of Liberation: The Progressive Catholic Church in Brazil at the Start of a New Millennium (2004), Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race and Popular Christianity in Brazil (1998), and Looking for God in Brazil (1993). He is co-editor, with Ted Hewitt, of The Church at the Grassroots: Perspectives on Thirty Years of Activism (2000).
Philip Oxhorn is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Developing Area Studies at McGill University. He is author of Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile (1995), and co-editor of What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberlism (with Graciela Ducatenzeiler,1998), The Market and Democracy In Latin America: Convergence or Divergence? (with Pamela Starr and Lynne Rienner, 1999) and Decentralization, Civil Society, and Democratic Governance: Comparative Perspectives from Latin America, Africa, and Asia (with Joseph Tulchin and Andrew Selee (2004), and Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (forthcoming).
Kenneth M. Roberts is Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of Deepening Democracy? The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru (1998) along with a forthcoming book on party system change in Latin America's neoliberal era. His research is focused on social inequalities and political representation in contemporary Latin America.