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date: 10 April 2020

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This introductory article begins with brief discussions of the close relationship between economic and political affairs, and political economy studies in Latin America. It then sets out the book's main purpose, which is to bring together the work of the best of the new generation of Latin American political economy studies. These studies are based on the new analytical tools and insights developed in the wake of the debt crisis of the 1980s and the crisis of the 1990s; draw on varied aspects of the older strata of political-economy literature from the region; and address the new economic context of a region experiencing reasonable growth and rapid recovery from the global economic crisis that began in 2008, historic rates of poverty reduction, the addition of new Asian trading partners, and a “reprimarization” of export patterns (i.e., a growing export share of commodities, as had been the case in decades and indeed centuries past).

Keywords: Latin America, economic affairs, political affairs, political economy, global economic crisis, debt crisis

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