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Title:
Latin America's left turns : politics, policies, and trajectories of change
Author:
Cameron, Maxwell A.
ISBN:
9781588267399

9781588267146
Publication Information:
Boulder [Colo.] : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.
Physical Description:
ix, 289 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents:
Latin America's left turns : a tour d'horizon / Jon Beasley-Murray, Maxwell A. Cameron, and Eric Hershberg -- The left turns : why they happened and how they compare / Juan Pablo Luna -- Many lefts, one path? Chávez and Lula / John D. French -- Andean left turns : constituent power and constitution making / Maxwell A. Cameron and Kenneth E. Sharpe -- Venezuela under Chávez : beyond liberalism / Jennifer McCoy -- Bolivia's MAS : between party and movement / Santiago Anria -- Constituent power and the Caracazo : the exemplary case of Venezuela / Jon Beasley-Murray -- Arguments about the left : a post-liberal politics? / Benjamin Arditi -- Inequality and the incorporation crisis : the left's social policy toolkit / Luis Reygadas and Fernando Filgueira -- Macroeconomic policies of the new left : rhetoric and reality / Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid and Igor Paunovic -- Foreign investors over a barrel : nationalizations and investment policy / Paul Alexander Haslam -- Latin America's left : the impact of the external environment / Eric Hershberg.
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This accessible, up-to-date look at Latin American politics explores how¿and to what effect¿diverse forces on the left have not only captured the imagination of vast swathes of the continent¿s population, but also taken hold of the reins of government. The authors assess the multiple currents of Latin America¿s left turns, considering their origins, their relationships to political parties and social movements, and their performance in office. They also consider the challenges faced by such leaders as Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales, and ¿Lula¿ da Silva in efforts to address long-standing socioeconomic inequalities. Explicitly comparative and enhanced with solid empirical material, the book offers a thoughtful commentary on Latin America¿s changing political environment.