Latin America To The Year 2000

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Can the experience of the 1980s in Latin America be analyzed and evaluated to shed light on prospects for the 1990s? The central objective of this volume is to survey the development experience of the Latin American region in the 1980s and explore prospects for the coming decade. In this context, themes of crucial importance for the region are examined, including democratic consolidation, income distribution, the environment, hyperinflation, and the debt problem. Although socioeconomic and political aspects are ...

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Overview

Can the experience of the 1980s in Latin America be analyzed and evaluated to shed light on prospects for the 1990s? The central objective of this volume is to survey the development experience of the Latin American region in the 1980s and explore prospects for the coming decade. In this context, themes of crucial importance for the region are examined, including democratic consolidation, income distribution, the environment, hyperinflation, and the debt problem. Although socioeconomic and political aspects are emphasized, issues of equity and the environment are of special importance. Case studies of Peru, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Cuba provide fresh information on these issues in specific countries. The book focuses on the problem of development at a critical juncture in the evolution of the region. Not surprisingly, the contributors express differing points of view, but have in common the sense of the urgency of development problems that face Latin America.

Central issues concerning the region's economy are the focus in the first part of the book. In the second part, key issue areas for the future are discussed. Of central concern in an exploration of the prospects for Latin America is the sustainability and improvement of democratization which proceeded in the 1980s. On the whole, the authors are not optimistic. The immense economic difficulties faced by the region—the debt overhang, the large and continuing overflow of financial and real resources, hyperinflation in some countries—will not be easy to manage. Although there are no guarantees that income distribution will be improved, among the positive developments foreseen for the 1990s are improved economic management, the addressing of environmental issues, and greater attention to issues of women's rights. This book should serve as a useful and timely guide to a complex region for both students and policymakers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275937478
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1992
  • Pages: 282
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

ARCHIBALD R.M. RITTER is Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa.

MAXWELL A. CAMERON is Assistant Professor in the School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa.

DAVID H. POLLOCK is an Adjunct Professor in the School of International Affairs at Carleton University, Ottawa.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figure
Introduction
1 The Economic Outlook for Latin America in the 1990s 3
2 The Development of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the 1980s and Prospects for the Future 13
3 Hyperinflation in Latin America: The Search for Developmental Solutions 23
4 Global Income Redistribution: An Alternate Perspective on the Latin American Debt Crisis 41
5 Trade and Industrial Policy in Latin America: Issues for the 1990s 53
6 Distribution of Income and Poverty in Latin America: Recent Trends and Challenges for the 1990s 67
7 Brazilian Amazonia: From Destruction to Sustainable Development? 81
8 Women and Human Rights in Latin America: Challenges for the 1990s? 97
9 Changing Informal Settlements in Latin American Cities 113
10 Back to Populism: Latin America's Alternative to Democracy 125
11 Public Trust and the Consolidation of Latin American Democracies 147
12 "Governability" and the Receiver State in Latin America: Analysis and Prospects 161
13 Chile: Redemocratization or the Entrenchment of Counterrevolution? 177
14 Argentina: An Underdeveloping Country? 195
15 Micro and Macro Logics of Political Conflict: The Informal Sector and Institutional Change in Peru and Mexico 209
16 The State and Economic Crisis in Mexico: Restructuring the Parastate Sector 221
17 Prospects for Economic and Political Change in Cuba in the 1990s 235
General Bibliography 253
Index 255
About the Editors and Contributors 265
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