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Understanding reform in Latin America

  • Alvaro Forteza


    (Departmento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Mario Tommasi

    (Departamento de Economía, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina.)

This paper provides an overview of the pro-market reform process in eight Latin American countries, based on country studies undertaken within the Understanding Reform project of the Global Development Network. After a brief presentation of the reform in Latin America and in the eight countries in the project, the paper addresses some key themes on the political economy of reform. We review the initial conditions of reform; the role played by technocrats and stakeholders; political participation; the peculiar shortcut to reform represented by "policy switches" (announcing something to do the opposite); some traditional topics in the literature on reform like sequencing, shocks and learning; the apparently key role played by local characteristics; the complex feedbacks between pro-market reforms and the political process; and the recent backlash against reform in Latin America. The paper ends with some remarks mostly on normative lessons from this experience.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - dECON in its series Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) with number 2205.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:2205
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