Vol. 19, No. 4 (1992)
What are Latin America's prospects for the 21st century in the face of rapidly changing international conditions and growing internal social pressures? What are the economic alternatives to neoliberalism at the national and regional levels? What are the prospects for democratization of civil society as well as state institutions? In the face of resurgent U.S. interventionism, what spaces or room for maneuver will be available to locally based social movements? At a time when traditional forms of political organization -- both left and right -- are under severe challenge, what new forms are emerging, and how are they redefining "politics"? Finally, who will be the protagonists of social change in the decades to come? Twelve eminent Latin American scholars and political activists explore their collective future in this unique and timely volume. Though they deal with a wide range of issues, they share a commitment to breaking the neoliberal monopoly and defining a social justice agenda for debates about Latin America's future. Their contributions -- made available here to English-language readers -- illuminate issues that are not only of direct concern to Latin Americanists, but also of considerable relevance to American progressives who are thinking about new alternatives and new agendas for the United States as it emerges from 12 years of Reagan/Bush rule. This is particularly important at a time when changes in the global economy tie the future of the U.S. to that of Latin America -- and by implication, open up new imperatives and new opportunities for increased intellectual exchange between North Americans and Latin Americans.