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A decade of light and shadow : Latin America and the Caribbean in the 1990s /
José Antonio Ocampo, Juan Martin, editors.
imprint
Santiago, Chile : Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2003.
description
355 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
ISBN
9211214017
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imprint
Santiago, Chile : Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2003.
isbn
9211214017
general note
"July 2003"
"LC/G.2205-P"--t.p. verso.
catalogue key
5052419
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-355)
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-07-01:
The positions of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLA) have changed from three decades of emphasizing how governments should guide their economies to a stance more receptive to a significant role for markets. This does not mean that the ECLA has caved in to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The ECLA's continuing concern about reducing inequality (rather than reducing poverty without changing inequality) is an indication of its continuing independence from the current dominance of free market ideas. The ECLA's voice as an independent think tank genuinely committed to improving Latin American lives makes this survey and interpretation of the decade of the 1990s important. The book is, however, marred by two characteristics found in many ECLA publications. Its tables and much of the discussion are couched in the overly generalized terms of "Latin America"; and its tardy publication jeopardizes its relevance. An example of the latter is the admiration for Argentina's economic performance, which does not seem to be informed by the terrible meltdown of the Argentine economy in 2001 and 2002. Tables, figures, bibliography, but no index. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. F. S. Weaver Hampshire College
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Summaries
Main Description
The 1990s were a transitional period that marked a turning point in the economic, social, and political development of Latin America and the Caribbean. This volume looks back at the decade to evaluate the major events associated with the consolidation of the region's reform process --while taking into account the uneven pace of progress in the various countries and areas. The contributors assess high points and low points, achievements and setbacks, to create a realistic portrait of the region during that period as well as to provide the reader with a more informed view of the central issues emerging.Table of ContentsI: The Global and Regional ContextII: Connections between the Internal and External EnvironmentsIII: Macroeconomic PerformanceIV: Structure and Performance of Goods-Producing SectorsV: Infrastructure Service SectorsVI: The Social SectorsVII: Creating Opportunities for Sustainable DevelopmentVIII: Economic and Social Performance in the CaribbeanIX: The Restructuring of National Territories
Main Description
This publication evaluates the key economic, social and political developments in the Latin American and Caribbean region during the 1990s, a period of transition and reorientation,. It was marked by instances of progress, stagnation and reverses, with the speed of progress variable between countries and sectors. Chapters discuss: the global and regional context, macroeconomic performance, structure and performance of good-producing sectors, infrastructure service sectors, social sectors, sustainable development, economic and social performance, and the restructuring of national territories.
Unpaid Annotation
The 1990s were a time of transition and reorientation in various aspects of the region’s economic, social and political life. This publication offers an analysis of the changes in Latin America and the Caribbean within the global and regional context. While exploring the socio-economic developments in the region, the publication takes a closer look at industrial and agricultural sectors, trends in employment and gender equity, as well as social sector reforms and territorial restructuring.
Unpaid Annotation
The 1990s were a transitional period that marked a turning point in the economic, social, and political development of Latin America and the Caribbean. This volume looks back at the decade to evaluate the major events associated with the consolidation of the region's reform process -- while taking into account the uneven pace of progress in the various countries and areas. The contributors assess high points and low points, achievements and setbacks, to create a realistic portrait of the region during that period as well as to provide the reader with a more informed view of the central issues emerging. Table of Contents I: The Global and Regional Context II: Connections between the Internal and External Environments III: Macroeconomic Performance IV: Structure and Performance of Goods-Producing Sectors V: Infrastructure Service Sectors VI: The Social Sectors VII: Creating Opportunities for Sustainable Development VIII: Economic and Social Performance in the Caribbean IX: The Restructuring of National Territories
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 15
Introductionp. 17
The global and regional contextp. 27
Loss of world economic dynamism and rising inequalityp. 29
Trends towards greater internationalization in the new world contextp. 36
Policies and agents of internationalizationp. 42
Globalization of valuesp. 47
Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbeanp. 51
Latin America and the Caribbean in a global contextp. 54
Connections between the internal and external environmentsp. 59
International integration policiesp. 60
Changes in external trade and regional heterogeneityp. 71
Size and composition of capital flowsp. 83
International labour migrationp. 95
Macroeconomic performancep. 99
Macroeconomic policyp. 99
Insufficient recovery of growth, investment and productivityp. 110
Inflationp. 120
Financial crisesp. 122
Structure and performance of goods-producing sectorsp. 129
Trends by broad sectors of economic activityp. 130
The agriculture and forestry sectorp. 138
The mining sectorp. 151
The industrial sectorp. 158
Infrastructure service sectorsp. 175
Telecommunicationsp. 176
Energy reformsp. 180
Drinking water and sanitation servicesp. 195
Transportp. 203
The social sectorsp. 215
The region-wide demographic transition and the failure to take advantage of the demographic bonusp. 217
Employment: low growth, the shift to services and the increase in informal employmentp. 223
The persistence of poverty and inequalityp. 231
Gender equityp. 243
Public spending and reforms in the social sectorsp. 249
Creating opportunities for sustainable developmentp. 261
The international environmental context of the 1990sp. 262
Institutional progress in relation to environmental managementp. 264
Other actorsp. 274
Environmental policy instrumentsp. 279
Environmental developments in the regionp. 284
Economic and social performance in the Caribbeanp. 293
Trade and foreign direct investmentp. 294
Macroeconomic performance and reformsp. 302
Production profilep. 310
Changes in the social structurep. 313
The environment and sustainable developmentp. 318
The restructuring of national territoriesp. 321
Population distribution and geographical mobilityp. 322
The politics and financing of decentralizationp. 330
Territorial heterogeneityp. 336
Bibliographyp. 341
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