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This article expounds how analysts have narrated and analyzed the transformations undergone by policies of social protection in Latin America since the emergency of social security. It emphasizes the weight given in these analyses to the construction of typologies adapted to this regional context, the incidence of the consolidation of democracy, the models of economic development and corporate pacts, the role of political parties and policy makers, the legacy of previous policies, and the actions undertaken by social movements and other organized actors (such as private service providers). In general, it finds that the narratives offered in the literature specializing in this theme have shown the how of the developments undergone by welfare systems in Latin America and identified the factors that have influenced these changes, but they have rarely sought to discover the why of these transformations.
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