Imperialism, Neoliberalism and Social Struggles in Latin America

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This collection of works by prominent Latin Americanists explores the social and political dynamics of this important region in transition to a post-neoliberal era. The first part deals with the intensifying regional crisis created by neoliberal policies, showing how regime stability has been broadly undermined, with specific attention given to the cases of Panama and Argentina. In the second part, a sympathetic yet critical evaluation is offered on the diverse development strategies that have been pursued by four leftist governments in power, namely, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela and Uruguay. In the final section, various aspects of the constraints facing the region are discussed and consideration is extended to some of the emerging social movements that seek to radically transform Latin America.

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Richard A. Dello Buono, Ph.D. (1986) in Sociology has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Havana, National University of Colombia, Autonomous University of Zacatecas and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Panama. His research areas include comparative social problems and Latin American/Caribbean Studies.

José Bell Lara is a Cuban Sociologist and Professor at the University of Havana. As a Senior Researcher in the FLACSO-Cuba Program, he has conducted various studies concerning development, social change and social policies in Cuba and Latin America. He has lectured extensively in Latin America, Europe and North America over a period of decades and has been a Visiting Professor at universities in Chile, Canada, Panama and Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface by Adalberto Ronda
NeoLiberalism and Resistance in Latin America, Richard A. Dello Buono And José Bell Lara

I. Neoliberalism in Crisis
The Harvest of Neoliberalism in Latin America, José Bell Lara And Delia Luisa López
The Dual Debt of Neoliberalism, Ximena De La Barra
Democratic Governability in Latin America in the Context of Neoliberal Domination, Darío M. Salinas
Social Security Crisis and Popular Mobilisation in Panama, Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr.
Neoliberal Meltdown and Social Protest: Argentina 2001–2002, Carlos M. Vilas

II. Leftist Paths to Development
Cuban Socialism in the Face of Globalisation, José Bell Lara
Brazil’s Workers’ Party in Power: A Lost Opportunity, Emir Sader
Venezuela’s Chávez: An Alternative for Democracy in Latin America?, Víctor Figueroa
Former Guerrillas in Power: Advances, Setbacks and Contradictions in the Uruguayan Frente Amplio, Hugo Cores

III. Contradictions of Domination and Resistance
Social Movements and the State: Political Power Dynamics in Latin America, James Petras And Henry Veltmeyer
Imperialism, State and Social Movements in Latin America, James D. Cockroft
The Changing Face of Latin America’s Political Parties, Richard A. Dello Buono
Social Movements and the Capitalist Crisis: Towards a Latin American Alternative, Wim Dierckxsens
Meet Uncle Sam – Without Clothes, Andre Gunder Frank
In Memory of Andre Gunder Frank (1929–2005)

About the Contributors
References
Index

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