On the Move: The Politics of Social Change in Latin America

By Henry Veltmeyer

© 2007

Will social change in Latin America lead to a kinder, gentler form of globalization or a model that offers a radical rethinking of how we produce and distribute wealth? What are the effects on social movements and their ability to push for change when progressive governments are elected? Does democratic participation mean greater economic equality? On the Move addresses these questions by providing an up-to-date, continent-wide account of political and social change in Latin America.

Globalization has, over the last two decades, structurally adjusted local communities to conform to a new world order. It is no surprise then that social discontent is widespread in those countries where large portions of the population have not shared in the gains of economic development. Nowhere is this more evident than in Latin America where social discontent has totally transformed the political landscape in recent years. Whether it is local communities writing their own budgets in Brazil, landless workers organizing in the fields of Bolivia or a new leftist government taking hold in Ecuador, change has been dramatic. The question now is whether this change will lead to a milder form of neo-liberal globalization, or whether these social movements will continue to push for a development alternative that aims not just for greater political participation but greater economic equality as well. Veltmeyer explores these forces of political change offering a critical analysis of the most recent research by political and economic sociologists, development economists, and political scientists.

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"With irony, insight, and elegant simplicity, Veltmeyer shows us how the power of money and the power of collective commitment interact in the sweepstakes of social history." - Jan Knippers Black, Monterey Institute for International Studies

On the Move: The Politics of Social Change in Latin America

By Henry Veltmeyer

© 2007

Will social change in Latin America lead to a kinder, gentler form of globalization or a model that offers a radical rethinking of how we produce and distribute wealth? What are the effects on social movements and their ability to push for change when progressive governments are elected? Does democratic participation mean greater economic equality? On the Move addresses these questions by providing an up-to-date, continent-wide account of political and social change in Latin America.

Globalization has, over the last two decades, structurally adjusted local communities to conform to a new world order. It is no surprise then that social discontent is widespread in those countries where large portions of the population have not shared in the gains of economic development. Nowhere is this more evident than in Latin America where social discontent has totally transformed the political landscape in recent years. Whether it is local communities writing their own budgets in Brazil, landless workers organizing in the fields of Bolivia or a new leftist government taking hold in Ecuador, change has been dramatic. The question now is whether this change will lead to a milder form of neo-liberal globalization, or whether these social movements will continue to push for a development alternative that aims not just for greater political participation but greater economic equality as well. Veltmeyer explores these forces of political change offering a critical analysis of the most recent research by political and economic sociologists, development economists, and political scientists.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Once again with irony, insight, and elegant simplicity, Veltmeyer shows us how the power of money and the power of collective commitment interact in the sweepstakes of social history. Elaborating strategies and partnerships of Latin America's social movements over the last half century, On the Move elicits cautious optimism.


    Jan Knippers Black, Monterey Institute for International Studies
  • Author Information

    Henry Veltmeyer is Professor of International Development Studies at Saint Mary's University and adjunct professor of Political Science at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico). He is the author of numerous publications on the political economy of global and regional developments, including, most recently, System in Crisis (2003) and The Dynamics of Globalization/Antiglobalization (2004).

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    1. Neo-liberalism and US Imperialism 
    2. A New Paradigm?
    3. Social Capital and Local Development
    4. Participatory Budgeting and Local Government
    5. The Development Dynamics of Social Exclusion  
    6. Rural Struggles and the Land Question 
    7. From the Barricades to the Ballot Box
    8. Movement in the Countryside and Cities

    Glossary

    Bibliography

    Index

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