Reclaiming Latin America

Author: Doctor Steve Ludlam
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848137648
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Reclaiming Latin America is a one-stop guide to the revival of social democratic and socialist politics across the region. At the end of the Cold War, and through decades of neoliberal domination and the 'Washington Consensus' it seemed that the left could do nothing but beat a ragged retreat in Latin America. Yet this book looks at the new opportunities that sprang up through electoral politics and mass action during that period. The chapters here warn against over-simplification of the so-called 'pink wave'. Instead, through detailed historical analysis of Latin America as a whole and country-specific case studies, the book demonstrates the variety of approaches to establishing a lasting social justice. From the anti-imperialism of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas in Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba, to the more gradualist routes being taken in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, Reclaiming Latin America gives a real sense of the plurality of political responses to popular discontent.

Politics Latin America

Author: Gavin O'Toole
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317861957
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"This is a volume which will become invaluable to those attempting to guide the neophyte through the maze of politics in Latin America" - Journal of Latin American Studies Politics Latin America examines the role of Latin America in the world and its importance to the study of politics with particular emphasis on the institutions and processes that exist to guarantee democracy and the forces that threaten to compromise it. Now in its second edition and fully revised to reflect recent developments in the region, Politics Latin America provides students and teachers with an accessible overview of the region’s unique political and economic landscape, covering every aspect of governance in its 21 countries. The book examines the international relations of Latin American states as they seek to carve out a role in an increasingly globalised world and will be an ideal introduction for undergraduate courses in Latin American politics and comparative politics.

Right Wing Politics in the New Latin America

Author: Francisco Dominguez
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848138148
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The focus for students of Latin America in the past decade has been on the political forces of the left and the so-called 'pink tide' presidencies attempting to bring about social and economic change in the region. However, there has been far less attention paid to the rightwing political forces resisting such change. Such opposition is being orchestrated by political parties, business, the private media and other social and cultural institutions and is linked to the 'soft power' of US diplomacy. In recent years its activities have often appeared to challenge the democratic process itself. Based on a variety of original fieldwork and evidence, this volume addresses the current trajectories of rightwing politics in Latin America in the face of leftist governments, the discrediting of neoliberalism, and the decline of US hegemony. It includes chapters on US policy towards Latin America; the role of US-based think-tanks; the influence of transnational business and of the private media; as well as offering country-specific chapters on key states with rightwing governments and on opposition to left-of-centre governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Chile. A revealing and important book for anyone interested in contemporary Latin American politics.

Civil Society and the State in Left Led Latin America

Author: Barry Cannon
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1780322070
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Timely and unique, this innovative volume provides a critical examination of the role of civil society and its relation to the state throughout left-led Latin America. Featuring a broad range of case studies from across the region, from the Bolivian Constitution to participative budgeting in Brazil to the communal councils in Venezuela, the book examines to what extent these new initiatives are redefining state-civil society relations. Does the return of an active state in Latin America imply the incorporation of civil society representatives in decision-making processes? Is the new left delivering on the promise of participatory democracy and a redefinition of citizenship, or are we witnessing a new democratic deficit? A wide-ranging analysis of a vital issue, both for Latin America and beyond.

The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America

Author: A. Dinerstein
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137316012
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The author contests older concepts of autonomy as either revolutionary or ineffective vis-à-vis the state. Looking at four prominent Latin American movements, she defines autonomy as 'the art of organising hope': a tool for indigenous and non-indigenous movements to prefigure alternative realities at a time when utopia can be no longer objected.

Latin America After Neoliberalism

Author: C. Wylde
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137029676
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Wylde analyzes Kirchnerismo in Argentina and the developmental regime approach in the political economy of development in Latin America. He shows the systematic way in which relationships between state-market, state-society, and national-international dichotomies can be characterised within a developmentalist paradigm.

Das Ende der Weltwirtschaft und ihre Zukunft

Author: Nouriel Roubini
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593408309
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Nouriel Roubini ist der neue Superstar der Ökonomie. Kein anderer Ökonom hat so frühzeitig und präzise vor der Wirtschaftskrise gewarnt wie er. Zunächst von Fachkollegen ungläubig bestaunt, haben sich seine Prognosen als äußerst treff - sicher erwiesen. In seinem Buch liefert er eine große und fundierte Analyse der Krise und beantwortet die wichtigsten Fragen, die Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft aktuell bewegen, wie: Wer ist schuld an der Krise, die Märkte oder der Staat? Was ist die Zukunft des Kapitalismus? Wie können wir das globale Wirtschaftssystem reformieren, um zukünftige Krisen zu verhindern? Roubini erklärt die globalen wirtschaftlichen Zusammenhänge ganz neu. Er schaut für uns in die Zukunft und sagt, wie die Weltwirtschaft aus der Krise herauskommen kann und draußen bleiben wird.

Reclaim the State

Author: Hilary Wainwright
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859846896
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The anticapitalist protests at Seattle and Genoa are dramatic symbols of a growing collective anger about the globalizing power of a few multinational corporations. But there is more to anticapitalism than demonstrations: concepts like participatory democracy and economic solidarity form the heart of alternative but equally compelling visions. Hilary Wainwright, writer and long-time political activist, set out on a quest to find out how people are putting such concepts into practice locally and taking control over public power. Her journey starts at home, in east Manchester, where local community groups are testing Tony Blair's commitment to 'community-led' regeneration by getting involved in the way government money is spent. In Newcastle, she joins a meeting of homecare workers and their clients to challenge the threat of privatization of homecare services in that city. In Los Angeles she talks to the people behind the community-union coalitions that have had major successes in improving the impoverished bus system and in winning a living wage for employees of firms contracted by the city. And in Porto Alegre she discovers the wider democratic potential of the participatory budget, the basis of investment decisions in many Brazilian cities. Local democracy and 'people power', it turns out, provided the foundations for a global alternative, as her visit to the World Social Forum reveals. Wainwright concludes with a set of proposals for turning resistance into lasting institutions of participatory democracy – an embedded bargaining power against corporate and military elites. This, she argues, will require very different kinds of political parties from ones currently alienating voters. Reclaim the State shows that the foundations for new political directions already exist, and provides imaginative and practical tools for building on them.