Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States / Edition 1 by Francis Fukuyama | 9780195368826 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States / Edition 1

Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States / Edition 1

by Francis Fukuyama
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195368827

ISBN-13: 9780195368826

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In 1700, Latin America and British North America were roughly equal in economic terms. Yet over the next three centuries, the United States gradually pulled away from Latin America, and today the gap between the two is huge. Why did this happen? Was it culture? Geography? Economic policies? Natural resources? Differences in political development? The question has

Overview

In 1700, Latin America and British North America were roughly equal in economic terms. Yet over the next three centuries, the United States gradually pulled away from Latin America, and today the gap between the two is huge. Why did this happen? Was it culture? Geography? Economic policies? Natural resources? Differences in political development? The question has occupied scholars for decades, and the debate remains a hot one.

In Falling Behind, Francis Fukuyama gathers together some of the world's leading scholars on the subject to explain the nature of the gap and how it came to be. Tracing the histories of development over the past four hundred years and focusing in particular on the policies of the last fifty years, the contributors conclude that while many factors are important, economic policies and political systems are at the root of the divide. While the gap is deeply rooted in history, there have been times when it closed a bit as a consequence of policies chosen in places ranging from Chile to Argentina. Bringing to light these policy success stories, Fukuyama and the contributors offer a way forward for Latin American nations and improve their prospects for economic growth and stable political development.

Given that so many attribute the gap to either vast cultural differences or the consequences of U.S. economic domination, Falling Behind is sure to stir debate. And, given the pressing importance of the subject in light of economic globalization and the immigration debate, its expansive, in-depth portrait of the hemisphere's development will be a welcome intervention in the conversation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195368826
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface, Enrique Krauze
1. Introduction, Francis Fukuyuma
Part One: The Historical Context
2. Two Centuries of South American Reflections on the Development Gap between the United States and Latin America, Tulio Halperin Donghi
3. Looking at Them: A Mexican Perspective on the Gap with the United Status, Enrique Krauze
4. Explaining Latin America's Lagging Development in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century: Growth Strategies, Inequality, and Economic Crises, Jorge I. Domínguez
Part Two: The Politics of Underdevelopment in Latin America
5. Does Politics Explain the Economic Gap between the United States and Latin America?, Adam Przeworski and Carolina Curvale
6. The Role of High Stakes Politics in Latin America's Development Gap, Riordan Roett and Francisco E. González
Part Three: Institutional Factors in Latin America's Development
7. Institutions and the Latin American Equilibrium, James A. Robinson
8. Do Defective Institutions Explain the Development Gap Between the United States and Latin America?, Francis Fukuyama
9. Why Institutions Matter: Fiscal Citizenship in Argentina and the United States, Natalio R. Botana
Part Four: Conclusions
10. Conclusion, Francis Fukuyama
Acknowledgments
Preface, Enrique Krauze
1. Introduction, Francis Fukuyuma
Part One: The Historical Context
2. Two Centuries of South American Reflections on the Development Gap between the United States and Latin America, Tulio Halperin Donghi
3. Looking at Them: A Mexican Perspective on the Gap with the United Status, Enrique Krauze
4. Explaining Latin America's Lagging Development in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century: Growth Strategies, Inequality, and Economic Crises, Jorge I. Domínguez
Part Two: The Politics of Underdevelopment in Latin America
5. Does Politics Explain the Economic Gap Between the United States and Latin America?, Adam Przeworski and Carolina Curvale
6. The Role of High Stakes Politics in Latin America's Development Gap, Riordan Roett and Francisco E. González
Part Three: Institutional Factors in Latin America's Development
7. Institutions and the Latin American Equilibrium, James A. Robinson
8. Do Defective Institutions Explain the Development Gap Between the United States and Latin America?, Francis Fukuyama
9. Why Institutions Matter: Fiscal Citizenship in Argentina and the United States, Natalio R. Botana
Part Four: Conclusions
10. Conclusion, Francis Fukuyama
About the contributors

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