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Creative Destruction?
Author: Francisco E. Gonzalez

ISBN: 9781421405421
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 18 May 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
Description:


Throughout the twentieth century, financial shocks toppled democratic and authoritarian regimes across Latin America. But things began to change in the 1980s. This volume explains why this was the case in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.

Taking a comparative historical approach, Francisco E. Gonz lez looks at how the Great Depression, Latin America's 1980s debt crisis, and the emerging markets' meltdowns of the late 1990s and early 2000s affected the governments of these three Southern Cone states. He finds that democratic or not, each nation's governing regime gained stability in the 1980s from a combination of changes in the structure and functioning of national and international institutions, material interests, political ideologies, and economic paradigms and policies. Underlying these changes was a growing ease in the exchange of ideas.

As the world's balance of power transitioned from trilateral to bipolar to unipolar, international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund increased crisis interventions that backstopped economic freefalls and strengthened incumbents. Urban-based popu...

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