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Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas

Amy C. Offner


In the years after 1945, a flood of U.S. advisors swept into Latin America with dreams of building a new economic order and lifting the Third World out of poverty. These businessmen, economists, community workers, and architects went south with the gospel of the New Deal on their lips, but Latin American realities soon revealed unexpected possibilities within the New Deal itself. In Colombia, Latin Americans and U.S. advisors ended up decentralizing the state, privatizing public functions, and launching austere social welfare programs. By the 1960s, they had remade the country's housing projec ... More

Keywords: postwar Latin America, U.S. welfare state, U.S. development, New Deal, social welfare program, War on Poverty, statebuilding, Great Society, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691190938
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691190938.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy C. Offner, author
University of Pennsylvania