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By Henry Veltmeyer

This learn examines basic theoretical and conceptual problems with social swap in Latin the USA within the context of special empirical research. It demanding situations the foremost assumptions and propositions that underlie globalization concept, remodeling and positive tuning the suggestions of imperialism and social type as correct to realizing the 'new international order'. The examine facilities at the structural positive aspects of Latin the US and the kingdom guidelines reconcentrating energy within the capitalist category on the fee of work. The learn surveys the contradictory developments of targeted wealth and tool and the emergence of recent socio-political routine and replacement improvement thoughts to the dominant paradigm.

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FOSIS, on the other hand, is oriented toward long term projects and uniquely directed towards the goal of attacking the root causes and not just the symptoms of extreme poverty. 49 FOSIS is also seen by many as an efficient model of a social policy to combat poverty. For example, it is an integral part of an amalgam of government anti-poverty measures directed to 71 communities identified by their high rates of marginality and extreme poverty. 50 However, FOSIS has not been free from criticism.

In either case, the NSP (social liberalism) took the place of the traditional social policy that was part of a welfare state oriented towards universality (benefiting the middle and working classes). In contrast, the NSP, supported by more limited funding, was directed towards (‘targeted’) the problems of extreme poverty found in marginal communities. At least such is the theory, given that in the exemplary case of this policy (Chile) it has been found that up to 25 per cent of benefits under the NSP are received by the richest social stratum in the country.

5 From 1965 to 1980, Latin America experienced rate of growth superior to the world average – close to 6 per cent per annum. But this growth, by virtue of its dependency on external financing, had a high economic cost manifest in conditions of a debt that reached crisis proportions in 1982 (from $28 billion in the 1970s to $239 billion). In the context of this crisis the political regimes and the economies in the region were subjected to a neoliberal programme of stabilization and structural adjustment measures that introduced far-reaching reforms into the institutionalized structure of the economy and society.

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