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Latin America

Jorge Heine

in The Third World Beyond the Cold War

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295518
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295510.003.0006
 Latin America

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Examines the reasons for the remarkable turnaround since the end of the cold war in Latin America's development in economic and political spheres, which has resulted in it becoming the fastest growing region in the world (after East Asia), and in the rejuvenation of its democratic institutions. Various aspects are analysed of: (1) the manner in which liberalization (i.e. economic reform), democratization, and the new security challenges of the 1990s have been handled in the region, (2) the impact that these changes have had on Latin America's social and political structures, and (3) the conditions they have created (or failed to create) to put the region on the road to self‐sustaining economic development and political stability.

Keywords: cold war; democratization; developing countries; economic growth; economic reform; institutions; Latin America; liberalization; political change; security; stability

Chapter.  6730 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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