South America

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    Quem está invadindo quem? A complexa batalha nos assentamentos informais do Rio em área federal

Quem está invadindo quem? A complexa batalha nos assentamentos informais do Rio em área federal

Representar os moradores de favela como invasores destruidores do meio ambiente serve para justificar despejos e prejudicar o patrimônio da comunidade em nome da criação de uma cidade “moderna” sem fortes sinais de pobreza e desigualdade, escreve Jennifer Chisholm (University of Cambridge).

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    Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

Para cumplir con los derechos de los sujetos victimizados Colombia debe repensar el papel de las comisiones de la verdad

La Comisión de Esclarecimiento de la Verdad debe romper con el esquema dominante que busca un ritual de purificación para ‘pasar la página’. Requiere una vocación transformadora de la justicia transicional, de las Comisiones de la Verdad y de la memoria, además de un Gran Diálogo Nacional por la Verdad que supere la reglamentación de la Comisión y que involucre a la sociedad […]

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    Productivity provides the key to Peru’s bid for OECD membership

Productivity provides the key to Peru’s bid for OECD membership

Only by investing in innovation, reducing business informality, and producing clearer statistical data will Peru be able to boost its poor productivity and step up to OECD membership, writes Alonso Morán de Romaña (Ministry of Production, Peru).

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    Digital inequalities policies in Latin America are mostly words and little accountability, just like in Europe

Digital inequalities policies in Latin America are mostly words and little accountability, just like in Europe

Digital inequalities policies must tailor their interventions to the problems, needs, and outcomes of specific vulnerable groups if they are to move beyond good intentions and achieve real socioeconomic change, writes Ellen Helsper (LSE Department of Media and Communications).

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    Urban ethnic associations are allowing Chile’s Mapuche to reclaim Santiago as an indigenous space

Urban ethnic associations are allowing Chile’s Mapuche to reclaim Santiago as an indigenous space

Santiago’s array of ethnic associations are ensuring the survival Mapuche culture and de-invisibilising those who have made the city their home, writes Dana Brablec (University of Cambridge).

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    Are reparations transforming Colombian women’s lives? The gendered dynamics of the Victims’ Law

Are reparations transforming Colombian women’s lives? The gendered dynamics of the Victims’ Law

With a change of approach, reparations could reinforce a long-term process of gendered citizenship-building instead of treating women as dependent and unequal victims, writes Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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    Chile’s 2017 presidential election: the alliances and aspirations of Piñera and Guillier

Chile’s 2017 presidential election: the alliances and aspirations of Piñera and Guillier

The first round of Chile’s presidential elections has created the most unpredictable political constellation since the nation’s return to democracy in 1989. The cabals and intrigues materialising the run-up to the second round on December 17 could have long-term effects on the nation’s political culture, ideological identities and socio-economic development, write Roland Benedikter (EURAC Research, COHA, University of Wroclaw) and Miguel Zlosilo (Artool, Chile) in the third […]

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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes  Nicolás Oviedo Dávila, winner of the 2017 LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre-Inter-American Development Bank Postgraduate Essay Prize.

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    Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Real and credible development in these countries means pursuing knowledge social economy visions that are genuinely autochthonous, writes Valbona Muzaka (King’s College London).

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    Brazil’s crisis of political legitimacy has opened the door to rant-and-rave populist Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s crisis of political legitimacy has opened the door to rant-and-rave populist Jair Bolsonaro

Though Bolsonaro has little relevant experience, a poor record as a legislator, and few economic, fiscal, or foreign-policy proposals, his ability to capitalise on widespread hostility to Brazilian politics and politicians has made him the second most popular candidate for the 2018 presidential election, writes Mark S. Langevin (George Washington University).