Hemisphere

Hemisphere is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring

Cleaning Up Free Trade
In 1993, opponents of the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) felt certain that its implementation would increase pollution and further degrade environmental conditions along the Mexico-United States border. Already, decades of economic...
Contemporary 'Slavery' in Brazil: Brazil Abolished Slavery in 1888, but Labor Exploitation Persists
Slave labor remains one of the leading social calamities of the later twentieth century. So many are the victims and the countries that violate international conventions prohibiting slavery chat the UN has created a special group to study contemporary...
Democratic Constraints to Reform: The Slow Pace of Privatization in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has little to show for its experience with privatization. Even after three structural adjustment loans from the World Bank in a little over a decade--1985, 1989 and 1993--the Costa Rican government has implemented a slow, shallow, piecemeal...
Frontiers of Development: Local Governments in Latin America Play an Important Role in Promoting Economic Growth and Democracy
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of any discussion regarding the role of local government in promoting economic development in Latin America is simply the fact that it is occurring. Such a discussion would have been virtually unheard of little...
Mexico's Nine-Fingered President: Can Zedillo Hold the PRI without the Dedazo?
In Mexico City, storytellers like to regale visitors with tales of Mexican heroes' missing appendages. Some insist that nineteenth-century dictator Antonio Lopez Santa Ana buried a lost leg amid pomp and circumstance. Others recall the amputated arm...
Neoliberalism in Latin America
Neoliberalism has been the dominant ideology governing Latin American economics, politics and society in the latter part of the twentieth century. Yet, as most sources agree, the neoliberal model has lost support or, at the very least, been subtly...
Patrolling the Polls: Jamaica Moves towards Peaceful Elections
Since Jamaica's democratic system took root in 1944 with universal adult suffrage, national politics have been characterized by a regular pendulum swing of two terms each for the island's main political forces, the People's National Party (PNP) and...
Political Costs of Privatization
After the debt crisis of the early 1980s, Latin America's leaders were forced to articulate new economic strategies to check inflation and renew the trust of international creditors. The last decade has seen an intensification of this process of economic...
Seeking 'A New Path'
Will the defeat of President Clinton's "fast track" authority to sign new free trade agreements generate a backlash in Latin America? Will the increasingly powerful center-left coalitions in Mexico and Argentina shift away from a US-proposed hemispheric...
Staying the Course: Despite Its Flaws, Neoliberalism Is Here Today
During a Buenos Aires protest march last year against President Carlos Menem's neoliberal economic program, the usual jeers and cries were suddenly rivaled by a new chant. "Bucaram! Bucaram!" the crowd howled in unison. Far from a cry of support...
The Capital Revolution in Latin America
The Capitalist Revolution in Latin America by Paul Craig Roberts and Karen LaFollette Araujo New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. 213 pages. $25. Neoliberalism's impact on Latin America and the Caribbean has been widely debated. As this issue...
The Left as Arbiter: Implementing Neoliberal Reform in Bolivia
On August 6, 1997, former military dictator General Hugo Banzer Suarez became Bolivia's fifth constitutional president since the country returned to democratic rule in 1982. With a plurality of only 21%, Banzer's rightist political party, Accion Democratica...