Magazine article Americas Quarterly

Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Americas Quarterly

Letter from the Editor

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"This is our neighborhood, and its stability and prosperity are essential to our future."

We at Americas Quarterly pride ourselves on the diverse views that have appeared in our pages. But we believe the journal should unapologetically refl ect certain core values- beyond partisanship or ideology. Among those values: human rights for all, environmental protection, support for immigration and immigrants, social inclusion, tolerance, and the importance of markets and free trade for economic development.

To commit to the latter is not to embrace unfettered markets as a panacea. As this issue demonstrates, there is plenty of scope for debating how best to ensure that the vulnerable do not suffer from extreme concentrations of wealth or from market fl uctuations, and that the privileged (businesses and individuals alike) do not accumulate the kind of economic or political power that skews markets and politics. But our editorial view stems from an abiding belief-backed by history-that free markets, from the grassroots to the global economy, are essential to human development and prosperity.

We do not discount the diffi culties. Achieving effective and equitable access to markets at every level requires unrelenting focus, patience and a spirit of innovation- on the part of entrepreneurs and policymakers alike-if it is not to become an empty exercise. This issue takes a critical and productive look at the challenges of making markets work for everyone. Our feature section brings together scholarly analyses and investigative pieces that explore the real-world hurdles faced by producers and workers as they confront the fi erce competition of the global economy.

I encourage you to pay special attention to our accompanying sidebar articles, which highlight some of the remarkable successes achieved by individuals and fi rms in the hemisphere, often in collaboration with private businesses, NGOs and multilateral organizations-as well as governments. …

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