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Addressing Social Heterogeneity: Comparative Policy and Performance in Latin America

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AbstractSocial heterogeneity has always been a critical problem in Latin American societies. The paper analyzes how Latin American democratic governments tackle social inequality and what effects these strategies have. Five countries are compared qualitatively-two countries with moderate left governments, following moderate strategies (Chile, Brazil) and two cases with radical left governments, following more radical strategies (Venezuela, Bolivia). In addition, Mexico is included as a control due to its conservative government. Different policy strategies are described and the effects of the policies are analyzed. Do radical efforts yield a better result regarding social equality? The results show a remarkable trend: the radical left seems to fare better than the moderate, the left better than the conservative.

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Political Science University of Mainz, Email:


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