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Democratic governability in Latin America: Limits and possibilities in the context of neoliberal domination

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This chapter explains that in Latin America, a phenomenon seems to be spreading that in the language of Lechner is referred to as the “naturalisation of the social,” i.e., that the system appears as a natural order, removed from political decision making and flagrantly obscuring the historicity of society and its political reproduction. Politics, then, or what occurs in its name, becomes reduced to the “possible” and this is what in discourse becomes seen as a virtue, cooked up as political realism. It is upon these kinds of invocations that the present democracies have been constructed. The phenomenon of consumption in that arrangement is not only an everyday and indispensable operation, but an entire secular social dynamic that permeates the being of individuals. The individual now finds himself or herself thrown into the living uncertainty of the neoliberal society of globalised capitalism.

Keywords: capitalism; democratic governability; Latin America; neoliberal system; politics



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