Monday, October 21, 2019

Neoliberalism is more than just economics: its tentacles reach many spheres – November issue of Latin American Perspectives

The November 2019 issue of Latin American Perspectives is on the neoliberal experience in Latin America. I summarize the central thesis of the issue in the following paragraph of the introduction: 

β€œThe essays in this issue of Latin American Perspectives shed light on the breadth of the changes ushered in by neoliberalism. The articles taken as a whole suggest that the policies and practices associated with it represent a profound change from what prevailed prior to its rise in the 1980s and 1990s. A contrary view sometimes defended on the left (defended, for instance, by the economist Andrew Kliman) minimizes the transformation that took place and denies that neoliberalism represents a stage since the capitalist system remained unaltered. The sum total of the articles in this issue lends itself to the opposite thesis, namely that neoliberalism represents a new stage whose distinguishing features have had a diverse and negative impact on the daily lives particularly of members of the popular sectors.”


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