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Scheming for the Poor: The Politics of Redistribution in Latin America
Scheming for the Poor: The Politics of Redistribution in Latin America
By William Ascher
Harvard University Press, 1984, 348 pp.

A comprehensive analysis of the redistribution policies of nine governments in Argentina, Chile and Peru. In appraising success, tactics and other subtleties and skill at practical politics are seen as more significant than the type of regime or the professed ends. Interestingly, "the presentation and image of a redistributive effort are extremely important . . . because of the astounding discrepancies between the perceived and the actual trends in distribution and growth in most of the cases." A very solid work, with many acute insights.