Political Crises, Social Conflict and Economic Development: The Political Economy of the Andean Region

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Andrés Solimano
Edward Elgar, Jan 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 343 pages
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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. In this book, 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. instability and social conflict on economic growth and stability and also 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 attentio to politics, institutions and social structures are bound to fail in bringing lasting prosperity and stability to complex societies characterized by volatile politics, weak institutional structures, income and wealth inequality, and the exclusion of key social groups.

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Political instability institutional quality and social conflict
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The economy conflict and governance in Colombia
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the quandary of governance
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Andres Solimano is founder and Chairman of the International Center for Globalization and Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr Solimano was a Regional Advisor at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Country Director at the World Bank and Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank. He was also Director of the project on International Mobility of Talent with the United Nations University-World Institute of Economic Research and served as Executive Director for Chile at the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank. Dr Solimano has written extensively on international migration, talent mobility, growth, inequality, political economy, macroeconomics and international development. His latest book is International Migration in the Age of Crisis and Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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