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Latin America's political economy of the possible

Latin America's political economy of the possible
beyond good revolutionaries and free-marketeers

  • ISBN: 9780262195423
  • Editorial: The MIT Press
  • Lugar de la edición: Cambridge (MSS). Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 24 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 249
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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The political and economic transformation is now emerging in Latin America, as some countries eschew rigid ideologies and adopt a more pragmatic combination of neoclassical orthodoxies and progressive social policies. Neither socialism nor free market neoliberalism has been a very helpful model for Latin America, writes Javier Santiso in this witty and literate reading of this region's economic and political condition. Latin America must move beyond Utopian schemes and rigid ideologies invented in other hemispheres and acknowledge its own social realities of inequality and poverty. And today some countries - notably Chile and Brazil, but also Mexico and Colombia - are doing just that: abandoning the economic "magic realism" that plots miraculous but impossible solutions and forging instead a pragmatic path of gradual reform. In many countries Latin American leaders are adopting an approach combining monetary and fiscal orthodoxies with progressive social policies. This, says Santiso, is "the silent arrival of the political economy of the possible," offering hope to a region exhausted by economic therapies entailing macroeconomic shocks and countershocks. Santiso describes the creation in Chile and Brazil of institutions and policies that are connected to social realities rather than theories found in economics textbooks. Mexico, too, has created its own fiscal and monetary policies and institutions and has the additional benefit of being a party to NAFTA. Santiso outlines the development strategies unfolding in Latin America, from Chile and Brazil to Colombia and Uruguay, strategies anchored externally by treaties and trade agreements and internally by strong fiscal and monetary institutions and policies. And he charts the less successful trajectory of other countries, including Argentina, Venezuela, and Bolivia, that are still in thrall to Utopian but impossible miracle cures. Santiso's account of this emerging transformation describes Latin America at a crossroads


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