Research Handbook on Democracy and Development
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Research Handbook on Democracy and Development

Edited by Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai

Exploring and updating the controversial debates about the relationship between democracy and development, this Research Handbook provides clarification on the complex and nuanced interlinkages between political regime type and socio-economic development. Distinguished scholars examine a broad range of issues from multidisciplinary perspectives across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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Chapter 11: Democracy and development in Latin America

Luis F. Angosto-Ferrández

Abstract

This chapter analyses how “democratization” and “development” have been reconceptualized in Latin America since the late 1990s, when a post-neoliberal movement started to gain institutional power in the continent. It examines five dimensions of the interrelationships between processes of democratisation and socio-economic development that facilitate the identification of current tendencies and frictions in Latin America. Those topics are: the question of populism in the analysis of the post-neoliberal shift; the definition of state/civil society relations in the configuration of development models; geopolitics, regionalism and sovereignty; neo-extractivism and alternative developments; and the role of production and access to information in debates on democratization. The post-neoliberal shift clearly brought ‘the state back’ into continental politics, but the extent to which state-centrism may consolidate as a lasting paradigm for social development is unclear, given the antagonistic forces that currently traverse the region.

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