LAS 381 • Citizenship/Politics in Latin American
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
The course examines social policies in the context of the transition in Latin America from state centered, regulated economies to free markets and deregulation. We will look at the emergence of de-centralized policies based on targeting and private-sector provision rather than universal systems. We will examine the advantages and disadvantages of the new policies and their consequences for the development of rights and citizenship in Latin America. We will pay particular attention to the role of community in the new social policies, focussing on issues of participation and solidarity, as well as those of increasing social and spatial inequality. The sectors to be studied include education, health, anti-poverty programs, labor and social security. Students may concentrate on a country or countries of their choice, but a comparative framework of analysis must be used. Assessment will be based on short reports on the readings relevant to the week and on a final research paper dealing with an aspect of comparative social policies. Seminars will begin by an introductory talk by the Instructor and proceed through presentations of group reports on the weekly readings. These readings will be made available through Blackboard, Electronic Reserve and Book reserve. Students will be organized in groups. Members of each group will read two articles/chapters (one taken from the reading list and one selected by the student) and post their reports to the Group discussion Board. One member of the group, in rotation, will have the additional responsibility of summarizing the main points coming from the reports in a 1-2 page report to the Class Discussion Board.
Calendar 18th January Introduction to Course 25th Citizenship, the State and Social Policy 1st February Actor Oriented Approaches and Interface Analysis 8th Public Provision in the ISI period. 15th Public Provision under Economic Liberalism 22nd The Organization of the State and the Role of Multilateral Organizations 1st March The Nature of Decentralization 8th Impact on Sectoral Policies in Health, Education and Labor 22nd Implications for Anti-Poverty Policies 29th The New Agenda for Urban and Rural Development Policies 5th April The Basis for Local Organization: Interests and Stratification 12th The Issue of Participation 19th New and Old Forms of Mobilization. 26th The Limits and Forms of Collective Action: the Issue of Scaling-Up 3rd May. What's left for national politics and political parties?