Gradual Economic Reform in Latin America: The Costa Rican Experience

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SUNY Press, Jul 19, 2001 - Business & Economics - 198 pages
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Gradual Economic Reform in Latin America questions why most Latin American countries have not nearly completed neoliberal economic reforms. Examining Costa Rica as an important example of the gradual, as opposed to radical, approach, Mary A. Clark utilizes over one hundred fifty interviews as well as secondary data to present ten mini-case studies of structural adjustment in the 1980s and 1990s. In analyzing the economic, social, and political outcomes of Costa Rica’s experience, Clark concludes the gradual approach has yielded positive results, and compares this country’s experiences with that of other Latin American welfare states.
 

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Contents

The Gradual Road to Reform
1
The Legacies of 1948 Democratic Institutions Social Welfare and Economic Development
17
Easy Structural Adjustment The 1980s
43
Reforming the Welfare State The 1990s
69
Costa Rican Outcomes
105
Conclusion
135
Notes
147
Bibliography
177
Index
193
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Mary A. Clark is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University.

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