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Latin America's political economy of the possible
beyond good revolutionaries and free-marketeers
VerfasserIn: Santiso, Javier
Verfasserangabe: Javier Santiso. Transl. by Christina Sanmartín ... [Forew. by Andrés Velasco]
Jahr: 2006
Verlag: Cambridge, MIT Press
Mediengruppe: Buch
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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 that 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. Many 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," which offers hope to a region exhausted by economic reform programs 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 to theories found in economics textbooks. Mexico too has created its own fiscal and monetary policies and institutions, and it 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 trajectories of Argentina, Venezuela, and Bolivia, which are still in thrall to utopian but impossible miracle cures. Santiso's account of this emerging transformation describes Latin America at a crossroads. Beginning in 2006, elections in Brazil, Mexico, and elsewhere may signal whether Latin America will decisively choose the political economy of the possible over the political economy of the impossible. Revies: "A beautiful and elegant book. A well-argued and convincing thesis: that after centuries of dream chasing, pragmatism has come to Latin America. One passionately hopes that it will not go away." (Olivier Blanchard, Professor of Economics, MIT) / "Reading this book is a delight. One of the best works in a long time about the economic and political impulses that are penetrating Latin America today." (Albert O. Hirschman, Princeton University) / "This magnificent book, written in a style often reminiscent of such great Latin American novelists as García Márquez and Vargas Llosa, captures the essence of Latin America's transformation today. Delightful and necessary reading for all those who care for the people of this great region and follow its development." (Charles Oman, Senior Economist, OECD Development Centre, Paris ) / (Chile, Brasilien, Mexiko, Venezuela, Argentinien)
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VerfasserIn: Santiso, Javier
VerfasserInnenangabe: Javier Santiso. Transl. by Christina Sanmartín ... [Forew. by Andrés Velasco]
Jahr: 2006
Verlag: Cambridge, MIT Press
Systematik: GW.TM, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Sprache: Englisch
ISBN: 0-262-19542-9
Beschreibung: XIX, 250 S. : graph. Darst.
Schlagwörter: Lateinamerika, Politischer Wandel, Sozialpolitik, Sozioökonomischer Wandel, Argentinien, Brasilien, Chile, Lula <Politiker>, Mexiko, Venezuela, Wirtschaft, Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Wirtschaftspolitik, Lateinamerikaner, Sozialstaat, Brasilianer, Gesellschaftspolitik, Iberoamerika, Politische Entwicklung <Politischer Wandel>, Sozialer Wandel / Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Sozioökonomische Entwicklung, Sozioökonomisches System / Entwicklung, Sozioökonomisches System / Wandel, Systemtransformation <Politik>, Systemwandel <Politik>, Systemwechsel <Politik>, Wirtschaftsentwicklung / Sozialer Wandel, Wohlfahrtspolitik, Brasil, Brazil, Economy (eng), Lula da Silva, Luiz Inácio, Mexico, Silva, Luis Inácio da, Silva, Luiz Inácio da, Wirtschaftsdynamik, Wirtschaftsleben, Wirtschaftswandel, Ökonomie <Wirtschaft>, Ökonomische Entwicklung, Hispanoamerika, Agrarpolitik, Außenwirtschaftspolitik, Energiepolitik, Regionale Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Rohstoffpolitik
Sprache: Englisch
Fußnote: Literaturverz. S. [229] - 245
Mediengruppe: Buch