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Wealth, Development, and Social Inequalities in Latin America

In this book, Hans-Jürgen Burchardt and Irene Lungo-Rodríguez lead a transdisciplinary team of experts to advance our understanding of wealth in Latin America.

Combining conceptual discussions with empirical research, they analyze characteristics of wealth, and the implications for inequality. Three thematic sections provide a unique overarching structure to understand the economic, social, political, and cultural complexity of wealth. Questions examined include:


Taxation and Inequality in Latin America

Taxation and Inequality in Latin America takes a heterodox political economy approach, focusing on Latin America, where current problems of taxation have existed for a century and great wealth contrasts with abject poverty. The book analyzes the relation of natural resource wealth, allocational politics and the limited role of taxation for redistribution, and progressive resource mobilization.


Crianza de imperios. Clase, blanquitud y la economía moral del privilegio en América Latina

Este libro, una etnografía realizada a lo largo de más de seis años, desarrolla una fuerte crítica a las prácticas contemporáneas de crianza de las élites latinoamericanas que, de forma intencional o no, consolidan la desigualdad y las jerarquías sociales a nivel nacional y global. Estas prácticas no son peculiaridades familiares o idiosincrasias benignas, sino transmutaciones del imperio y control estadounidenses y de alianzas ideológicas entre las élites a lo largo del hemisferio, que ahora buscan formas de control que tengan bases morales.


Las crisis en el desarrollo económico de Cuba

Since the dissolution of the European socialist bloc, the Cuban economy has been in a deep crisis that continues to be aggravated by the brutal trade and economic blockade by the United States. For more than 30 years, the island's government has been seeking to adapt its economic model to combine stability and growth with health, universal education and social justice.


Nachhaltige Transformation in Lateinamerika: Chancen und Blockaden

Vor dem Hintergrund sich zuspitzender Klima-, Umwelt- und sozialer Krisen gewinnen Nachhaltigkeitspolitiken global und lokal an Bedeutung. In der internationalen Entwicklungspolitik soll mit den UN-Nachhaltigkeitszielen (SDGs) die Voraussetzung für einen sozial-ökologischen Umbau von Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft und Politik weltweit geschaffen werden.


Elites, Inequality and Wealth in Latin America

With the onset of the pandemic, poverty and inequality have also grown drastically in Latin America. The UN commission CEPAL predicts a social development regression of almost three decades. But not only misery has increased. At the same time, the number of the richest and super-rich has also increased significantly during COVID-19. It becomes clear that Latin America's problem is not scarcity of resources, but the insufficient distribution of these resources.


The Rich Latin America: Tax Justice for Greater Social Equality?

Latin America is not `underdeveloped', hostage to the world market or victim of bad governance, as many assume and claim. Rather, the subcontinent is one of the richest regions in the world and has enormous amounts of natural goods, raw materials and accumulated money. Latin America's problem is not a scarcity of resources, but the inadequate distribution of these resources. The richest and wealthiest in the region are not held accountable by politics and society to make their contribution to social and economic development: Latin America has the lowest tax rate worldwide.