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From the Publisher“Waves of social protest against market liberalization have radically transformed Latin America’s political landscape since the 1990s, but there has been considerable variation in the levels and patterns of popular mobilization across cases. Eduardo Silva explains why in this pathbreaking analysis of how diverse social actors mobilize and coordinate resistance to market society. Silva’s account makes a major contribution to the study of social movements in Latin America, and it sheds new light on the role of social actors in the demise of the ‘Washington consensus’ for neoliberal reform and the political shift to the Left that followed in its wake.”
– Kenneth M. Roberts, Robert S. Harrison Director, Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University
“Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America is an essential book for analysts of social movements and Latin American politics, as well as anyone who cares about economic inequality, social justice, and citizenship in a globalized world. In it, Eduardo Silva makes a bold argument about the causes and significance of recent protests in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Seeing these protests as part of a wave of anti-neoliberal collective action, Silva shows how the social movements behind them have transformed state-society relations in the region. Silva keeps big questions about popular contention and state formation firmly in view throughout the book. He combines research with insightful commentary on relevant theory in a text that is both original and accessible.”
– Anthony W. Pereira, Tulane University
"This incisive book is must reading for those interested in the political economy of reform in Latin America. Highly recommended."
-CHOICE, E. Pang, Colorado School of Mines
"Challenging Neoliberalism in Latin America is essential reading for anyone interested in market reform in Latin America, and will be the main reference point for scholars seeking to understand anti-neoliberal protests in the region."
– Raul L. Madrid, Journal of Latin American Studies