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Political Crises, Social Conflict and Economic Development

The Political Economy of the Andean Region Edited by Andrés Solimano, Chairman, International Center for Globalization and Development, CIGLOB, Santiago, Chile
The contributors to this authoritative volume analyze the impact of political crises and social conflict on economic performance in the Andean region of Latin America.
Extent: 360 pp
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Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84542 196 0
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The contributors to this authoritative volume analyze the impact of political crises and social conflict on economic performance in the Andean region of Latin America. The blend of theory and case studies is also relevant for understanding other complex societies in the developing world and transition economies. The book provides illuminating insights on how to understand, and survive, the complicated interactions between volatile politics, unstable democracies, violence, social inequality and uneven economic performance. Recent political economy theories are combined with valuable quantitative and qualitative information on presidential crises, breakdowns of democracy, constitutional reforms, quality of institutions, and social inequality and exclusion to understand actual country realities.

Part I provides the conceptual framework and a regional perspective of the book. Part II contains five political economy country studies – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela – written by leading scholars in the field and former senior policymakers, including a former President. Together, the chapters highlight the detrimental effects of political instability and social conflict on economic growth and stability, as well as the feedback effects from poor economic performance on political instability and institutional fragility. The country studies warn that narrow economic reforms that do not pay adequate attention to politics, institutions and social structures are bound to fail in bringing lasting prosperity and stability to complex societies.

Examining new and rich information on episodes of political turmoil, military interventions, forced presidential resignations, constitutional reforms and social uprisings, this book will be required reading for all those interested in the interface of politics and economic development.
‘Political Crises, Social Conflict and Economic Development is a rare attempt to undertake comparative political economy analysis of the Andean region and thus represents a welcome contribution. . . It is clearly written and will engage scholars interested in Latin America from a wide range of disciplines.’
– Jonathan di John, Journal of Agrarian Change

‘This collection of essays on the political economy of the Andean region goes to the heart of the struggle these smaller economies face in completing crucial reforms and achieving higher growth. Andrés Solimano has brought together the best and the brightest talent from each country, the result being the most compelling analysis ever of how enclave development and a historical dependence on primary exports renders these countries distinctly Andean. As the essays argue, the political solutions and economic remedies must address this phenomenon, rather than mimicking those strategies of the larger emerging market countries in the region.’
– Carol Wise, University of Southern California, US
Contributors: G. Arteta, G. Chávez, E. Del Bufalo, A. Glassman, G. Gray Molina, S. Handa, O. Hurtado, M. Jaramillo, J.A. Ocampo, J. Saavedra, A. Solimano
Contents: 1. Introduction and Synthesis Part I: Analytical Overview and Cross-Country Analysis 2. Political Instability, Institutional Quality and Social Conflict in the Andes 3. Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy in the Andean Region: A Comparative Perspective Part II: Country Studies 4. The Political Economy of the Crisis in the Andean Region: The Case of Bolivia 5. The Economy, Conflict and Governance in Colombia 6. Political Economy of Ecuador: The Quandary of Governance and Economic Development 7. Governability and Economic Performance in Peru in 1990s Peru 8. Venezuela: From Stability to Turmoil Index