This collection of works by prominent Latin Americanists explores the social and political dynamics of this important region in transition to a post-neoliberal era. The first part deals with the intensifying regional crisis created by neoliberal policies, showing how regime stability has been broadly undermined, with specific attention given to the cases of Panama and Argentina. In the second part, a sympathetic yet critical evaluation is offered on the diverse development strategies that have been pursued by four leftist governments in power, namely, Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela and Uruguay. In the final section, various aspects of the constraints facing the region are discussed and consideration is extended to some of the emerging social movements that seek to radically transform Latin America.
Richard A. Dello Buono, Ph.D. (1986) in Sociology has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Havana, National University of Colombia, Autonomous University of Zacatecas and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Panama. His research areas include comparative social problems and Latin American/Caribbean Studies.
José Bell Lara is a Cuban Sociologist and Professor at the University of Havana. As a Senior Researcher in the FLACSO-Cuba Program, he has conducted various studies concerning development, social change and social policies in Cuba and Latin America. He has lectured extensively in Latin America, Europe and North America over a period of decades and has been a Visiting Professor at universities in Chile, Canada, Panama and Mexico.
Table of contents
Adalberto Ronda NeoLiberalism and Resistance in Latin America,
Richard A. Dello Buono And José Bell Lara
I. Neoliberalism in Crisis
The Harvest of Neoliberalism in Latin America,
José Bell Lara And Delia Luisa López The Dual Debt of Neoliberalism,
Ximena De La Barra Democratic Governability in Latin America in the Context of Neoliberal Domination,
Darío M. Salinas Social Security Crisis and Popular Mobilisation in Panama,
Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr. Neoliberal Meltdown and Social Protest: Argentina 2001–2002,
Carlos M. Vilas
II. Leftist Paths to Development
Cuban Socialism in the Face of Globalisation,
José Bell Lara Brazil’s Workers’ Party in Power: A Lost Opportunity,
Emir Sader Venezuela’s Chávez: An Alternative for Democracy in Latin America?,
Víctor Figueroa Former Guerrillas in Power: Advances, Setbacks and Contradictions in the Uruguayan Frente Amplio,
III. Contradictions of Domination and Resistance
Social Movements and the State: Political Power Dynamics in Latin America,
James Petras And Henry Veltmeyer Imperialism, State and Social Movements in Latin America,
James D. Cockroft The Changing Face of Latin America’s Political Parties,
Richard A. Dello Buono Social Movements and the Capitalist Crisis: Towards a Latin American Alternative,
Wim Dierckxsens Meet Uncle Sam – Without Clothes,
Andre Gunder Frank In Memory of Andre Gunder Frank (1929–2005)
About the Contributors
All students and specialists in Latin American Studies, International Studies, Comparative Sociology of Development; Comparative Politics.