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Latin America is faced with the challenge of achieving the Millennium Developmental Goal to halve poverty in the region by 2015. Historically, this region has experienced persistently high levels of inequality and poverty, the causes and consequences of which are analytically examined here. Adopting a multidimensional approach, this informative book focuses on the mechanisms that lead to higher inequality and emphasizes the role of macroeconomics, trade rules, capital flows and the political electoral process. It analyzes how inequality has hindered development, how it interacts with a nation's economic, social and political processes, and how inequality constrains these processes in ways that weakens the prospect of establishing and sustaining a dynamic, wealthy and creative society. An international team of specialist contributors investigate and explain these crucial issues. Examining the key economic policies and reforms which have exacerbated the region's extremely high inequality levels, throughout this book they prescribe an alternative range of policy suggestions to help alleviate inequality and provide the foundations for more equitable development.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415362849
ISBN-10: 0415362849
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ricardo Gottschalk

Ricardo Gottschalk is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Patricia Justino is a British Academy Research Fellow at the Poverty Research Unit and the department of Economics at the University of Sussex.

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