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Beyond Liberalism

Introduction to Argentine politics

During the 90s, Argentina underwent the deep implementation of neo-liberal policies of structural adjustment and reformation of the state. Though leading to the fast achievement of economic stability, these policies produced a severe increase in poverty and social inequality as a result of their effects on the production matrix and on the system of state social protection.

The 200 years of Argentine history have been marked by the Independence War, the building of the National State, the extension of vote and the cyclical alternation of military and constitutional governments. The longest democratic period in the country began in 1983, characterized by intense transformations. On the one hand, there has been a simultaneous consolidation of civil and political rights. On the other, the fragmentation and representativeness crisis of the political parties have become evident. The characteristics of the political, economic and social history of the country as well as of the current state of affairs can only be understood through the analysis of certain peculiarities of the Argentine case. In particular, it is necessary to consider the dynamics of the main political party, Peronism, capable of fostering deep socio-economic changes and of continuously adapting to the emergence of new challenges. At the same time, it is necessary to understand the effects of the constant recurrence of political, social and economic crises on the government actions and electoral competitions.

By the end of the decade, economic recession revealed the significance of the process of social disaffiliation triggered by neo-liberal reformations. In December 2001, social uproar put an end to the implementation of adjustment programs and opened the way to a new era characterized by the reconstruction of the state intervention in the market and society. This program seeks to analyze, ten years after that collapse, the main features of post-neo-liberalism. A complex combination of heterodox economic policies, the extended state intervention, the increase of social protection and the continuity of many politicians “born� in the previous decade, post-neo-liberalism appears as one of the most fascinating political processes in Latin America.

Buenos Aires METROPOLITAN AREA

The proposals hereby presented focus on the problem of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, the most popular and complex of Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES PROVINCE

This program intends to provide the tools for the comprehension of the main phenomena in Argentine history and their interrelation with the contemporary political, social and economic processes. Special attention will be given to 20th century Argentine history, to the distinguishing features of the main political parties-Radicalism and Peronism- and to recent socioeconomic transformations.

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Educational Services  

Through its educational services, the CEPS transmits an integrated viewpoint that joins the perspectives of the best academics in each field...

Educational Services  

Through its educational services, the CEPS transmits an integrated viewpoint that joins the perspectives of the best academics in each field...

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