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Latin American Political Economy

Dominant Elites in Latin America

From Neo-Liberalism to the ‘Pink Tide’

Editors: North, Liisa L., Clark, Timothy D. (Eds.)

  • Broadens current inquiries in Latin American studies by focusing on the composition and character of the elites in the region
  • Casts new light on 20th-century studies of the economic and political power of traditional Latin American elites by providing updated empirical material from key countries
  • Features six highly relevant case studies from Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala
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This volume examines the ways in which the socio-economic elites of the region have transformed and expanded the material bases of their power from the inception of neo-liberal policies in the 1970s through to the so-called progressive ‘pink tide’ governments of the past two decades. The six case study chapters—on Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala—variously explore how state policies and even United Nations peace-keeping missions have enhanced elite control of land and agricultural exports, banks and insurance companies, wholesale and import commerce, industrial activities, and alliances with foreign capital. Chapters also pay attention to the ways in which violence has been deployed to maintain elite power, and how international forces feed into sustaining historic and contemporary configurations of power. 

About the authors

Liisa L. North is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at York University, Canada.
Timothy D. Clark is Principal at Willow Springs Strategic Solutions.

Reviews

“The message of this volume, compiled by some of the foremost authorities on political economy in Latin America, should resonate among North Americans as well. As in the United States - and with the complicity of US governments and international financial institutions - traditional and new oligarchies in Latin America take advantage of market expansion generated by years of progressive leadership to reconstitute their own political and economic hegemony across larger regional domains. The privatization associated with re-conquest is not only of means of production. The first thing the smartest of thieves will steal is the government itself.” (Jan Knippers Black, Professor of Human Rights, International and Comparative Politics of the Western Hemisphere, Women's Rights, and Globalization, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California)

“Latin America’s ruling elites are back—or rather they never left the stage in the first place. In this outstanding new collection, the authors reveal that, despite some social progress in the new millennium, Latin American remains as unequal as ever. And its elites, far from having taken a back seat in the post-neoliberal era, have reconfigured their domination in new ways. With commodity prices declining, public spending falling, and unemployment rising, the urgency and importance of North and Clark’s new book cannot be exaggerated. It is bold and authoritative, grounded in rich empirical and historical case studies, and bound to have a major impact on a new generation of scholars, students, and activists seeking to understand the persistence of violence and injustice in the new Latin America.” (Gavin Fridell, Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Canada)

“Dominant Classes in Latin America: From Neo-Liberalism to the Pink Tide” provides interesting analysis of new strategies of elite dominance, explores new and on-going forms of dispossession, and outlines heightened inequality despite more than two decades of ‘democratic’ politics throughout Latin America.  With detailed and carefully argued chapters on six countries, this is an important, readable, and superbly useful collection.” (Jim Handy, Professor of History, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction—Reconfiguring Domination: Case Studies from Latin America

    North, Liisa L.

    Pages 1-21

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  • The Paradox of the Neoliberal Developmentalist State: Reconstructing the Capitalist Elite in Pinochet’s Chile

    Clark, Timothy D.

    Pages 23-56

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  • Quasi-post-neoliberal Brazil: Social Change Amidst Elite Adaptation and Metamorphosis

    Bohn, Simone

    Pages 57-92

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  • Concentration of Assets and Poverty Reduction in Post-neoliberal Ecuador

    Larrea, Carlos A. (et al.)

    Pages 93-118

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  • Rural Colombia: The Architecture of State-Sponsored Violence and New Power Configurations

    Isschot, Luis

    Pages 119-148

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Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53255-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53254-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dominant Elites in Latin America
Book Subtitle
From Neo-Liberalism to the ‘Pink Tide’
Editors
  • Liisa L. North
  • Timothy D. Clark
Series Title
Latin American Political Economy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53255-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53255-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53254-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 239
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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