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Latin America's Pink Tide

Latin America's Pink Tide

Ellner, Steve, editor

This multidisciplinary book presents a balanced view of contemporary leftist and center-leftist Latin American governments. Drawing on the relationship between economic, social, and political factors, it explores the historically unprecedented duration of the Pink Tide phenomenon as well as the setbacks and conservative inroads of recent years. This timely book analyzes the governing experiences of the nine major pro-leftist governments in Latin America. The individual country case study chapters are preceded by chapters that frame the discussion by considering the theoretical implications of the Pink Tide experience relating to globalization, the state, and neo-extractivism. The contributors examine the Pink Tide policies and rhetoric that gained widespread approval and led to the long tenure of many of these governments. These included ambitious social programs, prioritizing the needs of the poor, nationalistic foreign policy, economic nationalism, and asserting control of strategic sectors of the economy. The book continues by taking a critical look at policies that have contributed to recent setbacks, acknowledging the inability of progressive governments to overcome embedded structures holding back economic development. One such setback has come from the opposition-often supported by powerful foreign actors-pressuring the government into making concessions and carrying out policies that ultimately undermined economic and political stability. The contributors critically examine these policies, which were politically successful in the short run but eventually backfired in the form of corruption, bureaucratic waste, and economic sluggishness. With its balanced and thorough assessment, this book will provide readers with a deep and nuanced understanding of the complexity of the political, economic, and sociocultural reality of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean

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Published Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2019

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Statement of responsibility: foreword by Boaventura de Sousa Santos ; edited by Steve Ellner
ISBN: 1538125641, 9781538125649
Physical Description: 352 pages
Subject: Geography; South & Central America, Latin America; Caribbean islands; Regional studies; Politics & government
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781538125632
Local note: 11 - US school grade range: From 13 To 17