Fujimori's Peru: The Political Economy

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This book provides an evaluation of Peruvian politics and economics in the 1990s, on the evidence available up until the end of 1997. The purpose is twofold: to detect continuities and discontinuities between the Fujimori period and earlier ones, and to offer an answer--however tentative--to the question of whether the Fujimori government has laid the basis for greater future stability. The answers to these questions are mixed. There appear to be more continuities than many suppose, even though 1990 in many ways was a 'turning point.' And while the Fujimori government helped provide a more stable context than the one it inherited, it is by no means clear that the changes it has brought about will prove sustainable over the longer run. The political model looks particularly brittle.

The contributors are Luis Abugattás, Elena Alvarez, Javier de Belaúnde, John Crabtree, Carlos Iván Degregori, Francisco Durand, Adolfo Figueroa, Raúl Hopkins, Javier Iguíñiz, Drago Kisic, Enrique Obando, Martin Tanaka, Jim Thomas, and Rosemary Thorp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900039253
  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

John Crabtree is a research associate at Oxfod University's Latin American Centre, and has written widely on the politics of the Andean countries. He is the author of Peru under Garcia: An Opportunity Lost. Jim Thomas is a senior lecturer in economics at the London School of Economics and an associate fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface 1
Pt. I Overview
Ch. 1 Neo-populism and the Fujimori Phenomenon 7
Ch. 2 The Economic Strategy of the Fujimori Government 24
Pt. II Economic Performance
Ch. 3 Privatisation, Investment and Sustainability 43
Ch. 4 Stabilisation, Structural Reform and Industrial Performance 61
Ch. 5 The Impact of Structural Adjustment on Agricultural Performance 88
Ch. 6 Economic Effects of the Illicit Drug Sector in Peru 106
Pt. III Distribution
Ch. 7 Income Distribution and Poverty in Peru 127
Ch. 8 The Labour Market and Employment 150
Pt. IV Institutions
Ch. 9 Justice, Legality and Judicial Reform 173
Ch. 10 Fujimori and the Military 192
Ch. 11 Tax Reform: The SUNAT Experience 209
Pt. V Society
Ch. 12 From Movimientismo to Media Politics: The Changing Boundaries between Society and Politics in Fujimori's Peru 229
Ch. 13 Government, Citizenship and Democracy: A Regional Perspective 243
Conclusions: Neoliberalism, Democracy and Exclusion 265
Bibliography 273
Index 289
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