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Foreword Judith Blau Blau, Judith
Pt. I Neoliberal Crises and the Declining Legitimacy of Representative Democracy
1 Fragilities of Representative Democracy in the Washington Consensus Era
2 The Triple Debt of Neoliberal Globalization
Pt. II Social Movements and Renewed Demands for Social Transformation
3 Social Movements Take the Offensive
4 The Reemergence of an Emancipatory Agenda
5 Challenging the Existing Legality
Pt. III Twenty-first Century Strategies for Sovereignty and Regional Transformation
6 Challenging the Financial Trap under Neoliberal Globalization
7 Interventionism and the Military Trap
8 Challenging Neoliberal Ideology and Latin America's "One-Dimensional Thought"
9 Regional Integration and the Emancipatory Agenda Afterword: What's "Left" after Neoliberalism?
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Posted June 12, 2009
I teach Latin American studies at a university and learned a lot from this book. Written by two seasoned and committed Latin Americanists, it is a welcome new resource for specialists, advanced students, and human rights and solidarity activists.
De la Barra and Dello Buono provide the most up-to-date, exhaustively documented critique that we have of U.S.-promoted neoliberal policies, including privatization of state industries and free trade agreements. The failure of those policies to provide relief to the region's extreme poverty, inequality, and foreign domination stimulated the growth of new left-wing social movements and governments, which the authors in turn describe and analyze.
They explain the policy thinking behind the dramatic shifts to the left in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador and less dramatic but nonetheless significant changes in other countries with center-left governments. Contrary to widespread hostile press coverage in the U.S. that coveys the impression that these governments, especially Venezuela's, are undemocratic, the authors show that experimentation with new forms of democratization is at the heart of their development projects. They explain the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America (ALBA), which challenges the U.S. neoliberal plan for a Free Trade Agreement for the Americas (FTAA). Interwoven throughout are analyses of new social movements in all parts the region, which are applying pressure to democratize and transform the institutions of their societies. There is also running commentary on Cuba, which remains an inspiration for much of the Latin American left.
This, in short, is a comprehensive, well researched and well written critique of U.S.-promoted neoliberal policy and exploration of the reinvigoration of left wing social movements in Latin America and the challenges facing them.