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Patterns of Development in Latin America : Poverty, Repression, and Economic Strategy - John Sheahan

Patterns of Development in Latin America

Poverty, Repression, and Economic Strategy

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Published: 21st November 1987
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In this major work an economist with long experience as an advisor in developing countries explores the conflict between market forces and political reform that has led straight into Latin America's most serious problems. John Sheahan addresses three central concerns: the persistence of poverty in Latin American countries despite rising national incomes, the connection between economic troubles and political repression, and the relationships between Latin America and the rest of the world in trade and finance, as well as overall dependence. His comprehensive explanation of why many Latin Americans identify open political systems with frustration and economic breakdown will interest not only economists but also a broad range of other social scientists. This is "political economy" in the classical sense of the word, establishing a clear connection between the political and economic realities of Latin America.

"An ambitious attempt to analyze continuities and changes in contemporary Latin America. The book focuses on three questions: what accounts for persistently strong inequalities of Latin America; what are the main effects on Latin America of its relations with the rest of the world; and what relationship has there been in Latin America between the trends toward market-oriented economic systems and extreme political repression. Using both topical and country-oriented approaches, Sheahan ranges widely and sensitively over recent Latin American experiences with market capitalism, Marxist socialism, and various middle-road alternatives. He draws balanced, reformist conclusions--aimed both at Latin American leaders and those who shape U.S. policy. A wise and perceptive book."--Foreign Affairs "Any social scientist writing a general book on a comparative theme in Latin America immediately confronts a series of problems--the passions aroused by the theoretical debates (in this case structuralism, monetarism, and dependency); the need to synthesize these theoretical insights with conflicting empirical research; the vast quantity of literature which has appeared since the 1960s; and the choice of which countries to concentrate on and examples to use. John Sheahan's excellent book shows how a skillful and judicious writer can cut through the theoretical and empirical research to produce an effective study of the recent economic history of Latin America."--International Affairs

Tables and Figuresp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Persistent Issues
Ways of Lookingp. 3
Povertyp. 23
Employment and Earningsp. 49
External Trade, Industrialization, and Economic Growthp. 74
Inflation, External Deficits, and IMF Stabilization Programsp. 99
Ownership I: Landp. 130
Ownership II: Multinationals, Public Enterprise, and Dependencyp. 155
National Patterns of Response
Early Industrialization and Violent Reaction: Argentina and Brazilp. 179
Reformism, Marxism, and Militant Monetarism: Chilep. 204
Two Kinds of Revolutionary Alternative: Cuba, and Peru under Velascop. 237
Middle-Road Market Economies: Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexicop. 271
Possibilities and Questions
Economic Strategies, Social Strains, and Political Repressionp. 313
Is It Possible for the United States to Play a Constructive Role?p. 328
From Conclusions to Ongoing Questionsp. 355
Referencesp. 363
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780691022642
ISBN-10: 069102264X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 21st November 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59