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Neostructuralism and Heterodox Thinking in Latin America and the Caribbean in the Early Twenty-First Century

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Neostructuralism delves more deeply into the issues addressed in structuralism, aiming to improve positioning in the international economy, boost productive employment creation, reduce structural heterogeneity and improve income distribution, while maintaining financial balances capable of sustaining changes in the sphere of production by means of social and State support. Far from being an insular system of thinking, neostructuralism is an open system that lends itself to dialogue with other philosophies that recognize the limitations of the dominant paradigm and object to its methodological monism. This book offers a fresh look at neostructuralism and heterodox thinking at the start of the twenty-first century. In a context shaped by the impacts of the worst economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression and by paradigmatic changes at the global level, it aims to carve out arenas for discussion between alternative lines of thinking in order to lay the foundations for a socioeconomically inclusive and environmentally sustainable model of development for the region.

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Latin America and world economic turmoil

I would like first of all to thank ECLAC and ILPES for their invitation to participate in this conference on neostructuralism, in response to a suggestion from me, in fact. This is a good time to expand the influence of this Latin American school of thought. It is also particularly timely since many of our ideas have prevailed in the international arena, as reflected, for example, in the International Monetary Fund’s recognition of the role of capital flow regulation, the Inter-American Development Bank’s acknowledgement of the importance of proactive production development policies, and the World Bank’s recognition of the merits of universalism in social policy in its recent report on the middle classes.

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