Latin America To The Year 2000: Reactivating Growth, Improving Equity, Sustaining Democracy by Archibald R. M. Ritter

Latin America To The Year 2000: Reactivating Growth, Improving Equity, Sustaining Democracy

EditorArchibald R. M. Ritter

Hardcover | January 1, 1992

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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 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, theaddressing 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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Title:Latin America To The Year 2000: Reactivating Growth, Improving Equity, Sustaining DemocracyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1992Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:027593747X

ISBN - 13:9780275937478

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"This collection of 17 essays written primarily by Canadian scholars and Latin Americans residing in Canada is organized into three parts: "Economic Prospects and Central Policy Issues;" "Society, Economy and Ecology: Toward Equity and Sustainability;" and, "The Sustainability of Democratization." Most essays deal with overall issues such as hyperinflation, income distribution and redistribution, trade and industrial policy, and the informal economy. Others look specifically at Brazil (Amazonia), Chile (the redemocratization process), Argentina ("An Underdeveloping Country"), Mexico (economic restructuring), and Cuba (prospects for change). Despite the title, most essays are retrospective reflections of the "lost decade" of the 1980s, with some speculation on the implications of that decade for the following one. Over most essays hangs the cloud of the foreign debt crisis which remains unresolved. Surprisingly, none of the authors deals at any length with how that crisis can be unraveled. The editors' introduction states that the authors "are, on the whole, not optimistic concerning the prospects for Latin America in the 1990's." This applies to both economic and political affairs. They present substantial data to justify their pessimism, with which this reviewer cannot really disagree."-Choice