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Markets and Democracy in Latin America: Conflict or Convergence?

Philip Oxhorn and Pamela K. Starr, editors
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-716-3
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1999/290 pages/LC: 98-7421
“The contributors to this volume submit convincing arguments that there is no clear and necessary relationship between [political liberalization and market reforms].”—Eduardo J. Gómez, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs

A collection of insightful, thorough and creative essays.”—José Antonio Cheibub, Canadian Journal of Political Science

DESCRIPTION

The result of an ongoing collaborative effort, this book analyzes the constraints faced by Latin American countries as they seek both to consolidate fragile democratic regimes and to restore economic dynamism in the context of a new, outward-oriented development model.

The authors focus on the relationship between the two goals, highlighting the interplay of societal and state-level actors and analyzing the possible tradeoffs involved as different countries pursue their own unique paths toward further development and democratization. The theoretical arguments offered are supported by detailed case studies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Philip Oxhorn is associate professor of political science at McGill University, and Editor in Chief of the Latin American Research Review. He is author of Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile. Pamela K. Starr is senior lecturer in international relations and public diplomacy and associate director of the Latin America Initiative at the University of Southern California.

CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCTION: THE AMBIGUOUS LINK BETWEEN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL REFORM—the Editors.
  • THE LOGICS OF LIBERALIZING.
  • The Problematic Relationship Between Economic and Political Liberalization—P. Oxhorn and G. Ducatenzeiler.
  • Civil Society, State Capacity, and the Conflicting Logics of Economic and Political Change—C. Waisman.
  • Social and Economic Transformations in Latin America—M.A. Garretón.
  • MARKET CONSTRAINTS TO THE CONSOLODATION OF DEMOCRACY. 
  • Restoring Governance—P. Faucher.
  • The Political Participation and Social Exclusion of the Popular Sectors in Chile—M. Barrera. 
  • POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS TO NEOLIBERAL REFORM.
  • Constitutional Reform and Macroeconomic Stability—P.R. Kingstone.
  • Balance Sheet or Ballot Box?—L.Armijo.
  • Capital Flows, Fixed Exchange Rates, and Political Survival—P.K. Starr.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • The Logistics of Liberalization—P. Oxhorn and P. Starr.