Why has Argentina suffered so much political and economic instability? How could Argentina, once one of the wealthiest countries in the world, failed to meet its potential over decades? What lessons can we take from Argentina's successes and failures?
Argentina’s economy is irresistibly fascinating. Argentina's economic history-its crises and its triumphs cannot be explained in purely economic terms. Argentina's economic history can only be explained in the context of conflicts of interest, of politics, war and peace, boom and bust. Argentina's economic history is also intertwined with ideological struggles over the ideal society and the on-going struggle of ideas.
The book comprises two distinct components: an economic history of Argentina from the Spanish colonial period to 1990, followed by a narrative by Domingo Cavallo on the last 25 years of reform and counter reform.
Domingo Cavallo has been at the center of Argentina's economic and political debates for 40 years. He was one of the longest serving cabinet members since the return of democracy in 1983. He is uniquely qualified to help the reader make the connection between historical and current events through all these prisms. His daughter, Sonia Cavallo Runde is an economist specialized on public policy that currently teaches the politics of development policy. The two Cavallos offer academics and students of economics and finance a long form case study. This book also seeks to offer researchers and policymakers around the world with relevant lessons and insights to similar problems from the Argentine experience.
Argentina’s Economic Reform of the 90s in Historical Perspective
The southernmost territory of Imperial Spain turns into the Argentine Nation
Chapter 1: Spanish Heritage
Chapter 2: From the May Revolution to the National Organization
1953-1913, six decades of increasing integration into the global economy
Chapter 3: From the National Organization to First World War
Chapter 4: Split, reunification and the "historical presidencies"
Chapter 5: The years when Roca dominated politics
From the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II
Chapter 6: The traumatic 30 years from 1914 to 1944
Chapter 7: The "Radical Republic"
Chapter 8: From the fall of Yrigoyen to the rise of Perón
Four and a half decades of political and economic instability
Chapter 9: Inflation, stagflation and hyperinflation
Chapter 10: Perón and Evita
Chapter 11: The 18 years when Peronism was outlawed
Chapter 12: The return of Perón and the Military
Chapter 13: Transition to democracy and Alfonsín’s Presidency
Reform and counter reform
Chapter 14: The Latin American Consensus of the 90s
Chapter 15: Menem and De La Rúa
Chapter 16: The origin of Duhalde’s decision and Kirchner’s metamorphosis
Chapter 17: Duhalde and the Kirchners
Conclusions and Epilogue
Chapter 18: Conclusions
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