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Latin American Democracies in the New Global Economy

Ana Margheritis, editor
Latin American Democracies in the New Global Economy
ISBN: 978-1-57454-124-3
$24.50
ISBN: 978-1-57454-129-8
$56.00
2003/300 pages
Distributed for the North-South Center Press

"Useful to professional people interested in Latin America area studies, political scientists concerned with international relations more generally, and economists working on issues of economic development."—John Sheahan, Professor Emeritus, Williams College

DESCRIPTION

The efforts of Latin America's democracies to grapple with the forces of the new global economy, and at the same time to undertake domestic restructuring, have been a frustrating tangle of opportunities and setbacks. This collection addresses those efforts, concentrating on the effects of changes toward more open economies in the context of improving living conditions and democratic governance.

The authors emphasize the need to analyze jointly the economic, political, and social dimensions of the region's uncertain transformation. They shed new light on evolving issues of economic integration, financial instability, human capital development, decentralization, and democratic processes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ana Margheritis is assistant professor of political science at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.

CONTENTS

  • Foreword—William C. Smith.
  • Foreign Policy and Domestic Restructuring in Latin America: Recent Achievements and Future Challenges—A. Margheritis.
  • BETTING ON ECONOMIC INTEGRATION.
  • Economic Integration and Trade Negotiations in Latin America and the Caribbean at the Turn of the Century—J. Salazar-Xirinachs.
  • Trade Strategies in the Southern Cone: Can MERCOSUR Survive?—R. Bouzas.
  • Mexico: Export Promotion, NAFTA, and the Future of North American Economic Integration—G. Vega-Cánovas.
  • COPING WITH FINANCIAL INSTABILITY.
  • Mexican and Other Recent Latin American Financial Crises: How Much Systemic, How Much Policy?—S. Weintraub.
  • Alternatives to Cope with Financial Instability in Latin America—S. Maxfield.
  • ACCUMULATING HUMAN CAPITAL.
  • Human Capital Policies: What They Can and Cannot Do for Productivity and Poverty Reduction in Latin America—S. Duryea and C. Pagés.
  • Human Capital Development: Past Policies and Prospects for Change—W. Hunter.
  • IMPROVING DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE.
  • The Dilemma of Decentralization: Risks and Opportunities—K. Eaton.
  • Democratic Governance and the Dilemma of Social Security Reform in Brazil—P. Kingstone.
  • Foreign Investment and Democratic Governance in Latin America—R. Youngs.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • The Death of the Universal Development Model: Sustaining Growth Through Differentiating Domestic Norms—B. Potter.