Democracy and Development in a Globalized World: Thinking About Latin America from Within
Studies in Comparative International Development (2009) 44:337-358
22 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2009
The choice among paths that countries should follow has been a staple of political debates in Latin America and, over the past 40 years, Fernando Cardoso has brought his analysis to bear on these debates. This article summarizes and then assesses Cardoso’s argument about the choice of paths faced by Latin American countries, the consequences for democracy and development of following different paths, and the political position that is supported by this analysis of choices and their consequences. Though Cardoso explicitly supports the path of globalized social democracy over an anti-globalization option in the current period, I suggest that the current state of knowledge does not offer unequivocal support for the argument that choosing to follow the path of globalized social democracy — or that of antiglobalization — is the best political option for all countries in Latin America. Different countries might very well be doing what is best for them, given their circumstances, by following different paths.
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