The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America: Rethinking Participation and Representation

Paperback | January 1, 1997

EditorDouglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite

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Against a broader backdrop of globalization and worldwide moves toward political democracy, The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America examines the unfolding relationships among social change, equity, and the democratic representation of the poor in Latin America. Recent Latin American governments have turned away from redistributive policies; at the same time, popular political and social organizations have been generally weakened, inequality has increased, and the gap between rich and poor has grown. Hanging in the balance is the consolidation and thequality of new or would-be democracies; this volume suggests that governments must find not just short-term programmes to alleviate poverty, but long-term means to ensure the effective integration of the poor into political life. The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America bridges the intellectual chasm between, on the one hand, studies of grassroots politics, and on the other, explorations of elite politics and formal institution-building. It will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary Latin Americanpolitics and society and, more generally, in the vicissitudes of democracy and citizenship in the late twentieth-century global system.

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Against a broader backdrop of globalization and worldwide moves toward political democracy, the essays collected here examine the unfolding relationships among social change, equity, and the democratic representation of the poor within nine Latin American countries and Spain.

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Against a broader backdrop of globalization and worldwide moves toward political democracy, The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America examines the unfolding relationships among social change, equity, and the democratic representation of the poor in Latin America. Recent Latin American governments have turned away from redistri...

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Against a broader backdrop of globalization and worldwide moves toward political democracy, the essays collected here examine the unfolding relationships among social change, equity, and the democratic representation of the poor within nine Latin American countries and Spain.

Douglas A. Chalmers is Professor of Political Science at Columbia University and Acting Dean of its School of International and Public Affairs. Chalmers has written several articles on political institutions and the state in Latin America, and he is co-editor (with Maria do Campello de Souza and Atilio Boron) of The Right and Democrac...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:662 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.54 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction1. Carlos M. Vilas: Participation, Inequality, and the Whereabouts of DemocracySection I: Traditional Actors, New Settings2. Scott B. Martin: Beyond Corporatism: New Patterns of Representation in the Brazilian Auto Industry3. M. Victoria Murillo: Union Politics, Market-Orientated Reforms and the Reshaping of Argentine Corporatism4. Anthony W. Pereira: The Crisis of Developmentalism and the Rural Labor Movement in Northeast BrazilSection II: Searching for New Forms of Participation5. Margarita Lopez-Maya: The Rise of Causa R in Venezuela6. Kathleen Bruhn: The Seven-Month Itch?: Neoliberal Politics, Popular Movements, and the Left in Mexico7. Melina Selverston: The Politics of Identity Reconstruction: Indians and Democracy in Ecuador8. Kathryn Hochstetler: The Evolution of the Brazilian Environmental Movement and Its Political Roles9. Aldo Panfichi: The Authoritarian Alternative: Anti-Politics Among the Popular Sectors of LimaSection III: The Stubbornness of Violence10. Deborah J. Yashar: The Quetzal is Red: Military States, Popular Movements, and Political Violence in Guatemala11. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro: Popular Responses to State-Sponsored Violence in Brazil12. Jo-Marie Burt: Political Violence and the Grassroots in Lima, PeruSection IV: Dilemmas of a Social Democratic Project13. Kenneth M. Roberts: Rethinking Economic Alternatives: Left Parties and the Articulation of Popular Demands in Chile and Peru14. Eric Hershberg: Market-Orientated Development Strategies and State-Society Relations in New Democracies: Lessons from Contemporary Chile and Spain15. Fernando Fildueira and Jorge Papadopulos: Putting Conservatism to Good Use?: Long Crisis and Vetoed Alternatives in UruguaySection V: Reconstructing Representation16. Jonathan Fox: The Difficult Transition from Clientelism to Citizenship: Lessons from Mexico17. William R. Nylen: Reconstructing the Workers Party (PT): Lessons from Northeastern Brazil18. Peter Winn and Lilia Ferro-Clerico: Can a Leftist Government Make a Difference?: The Frente Amplio Administration of Montevideo, 1990-199419. Kerianne Piester: Targeting the Poor: The Politics of Social Policy Reforms in Mexico20. Monique Segarra: Redefining the Public/Private Mix: NGOs and the Emergency Social Investment Fund in Ecuador21. Maria Lorena Cook: Regional Integration and Transnational Politics: Popular Sector Strategies in the NAFTA EraConclusion22. Douglas A. Chalmers: Associative Networks: New Structures of Representation for the Popular Sectors?Contributors ListBibliography

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Against a broader backdrop of globalization and worldwide moves toward political democracy, the essays collected here examine the unfolding relationships among social change, equity, and the democratic representation of the poor within nine Latin American countries and Spain.

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`will probably remain as a seminal work. It brilliantly embodies a highly welcomed evolution in the way the political changes in Latin America are studied'Latin American Studies.