In This Review

Latin American Political Economy: Financial Crisis and Political Change
Latin American Political Economy: Financial Crisis and Political Change
Edited by Jonathan Hartlyn and Samuel A. Morley
Westview Press, 1986, 386 pp

The pervading theme here, the underlying question, is certainly pertinent: Why did economic growth and democratic resurgence in Latin America between 1950 and 1980 lead in the end to the economic and financial chaos so widespread today? Chapters on "spectacular failures" are devoted to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and Nicaragua, while four chapters consider "moderate successes." There are also four sections of commentary.