Left Behind: Latin America and the False Promise of Populism

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9780226004662: Left Behind: Latin America and the False Promise of Populism
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"A masterly analysis that explains why economic populism in Latin America has been unable to reduce poverty - and never will. A must read for anyone eager to see Latin American countries move towards modern, inclusive, and sustainable market economies under a single rule of law." (Hernando de Soto, author of The Other Path and The Mystery of Capital) "A brilliant blow-by-blow account of economic policy decisions and their effects in each of three key countries: Chile, Argentina, and Mexico" (Times Literary Supplement)"

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The political and economic history of Latin America has been marked by great hopes and even greater disappointments. Despite abundant resources - and a history of productivity and wealth - in recent decades the region has fallen further and further behind developed nations, surpassed even by other developing economies in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. In "Left Behind", Sebastian Edwards explains why the nations of Latin America have failed to share in the fruits of globalization and highlights the dangers of the recent turn to economic populism in the region. He begins by detailing the many ways Latin American governments have stifled economic development over the years through excessive regulation, currency manipulation, and thoroughgoing corruption. He then turns to the neoliberal reforms of the early 1990s, which called for the elimination of deficits, lowering of trade barriers, and privatization of inefficient public enterprises - and which, Edwards argues, held the promise of freeing Latin America from the burdens of the past. Flawed implementation, however, meant the promised gains of globalization were never felt by the mass of citizens, and growing frustration with stalled progress has led to a resurgence of populism throughout the region, exemplified by the economic policies of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. But such measures, Edwards warns, are a recipe for disaster; instead, he argues, the way forward for Latin America lies in further modernization reforms, more honestly pursued and fairly implemented. As an example of the promise of that approach, Edwards points to Latin America's giant, Brazil, which in recent years has finally begun to show signs of reaching its true economic potential.

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