Latino Studies

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 11–32

The impact of neoliberalism on Latinos

  • Rubén O Martinez
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/lst.2015.48

Cite this article as:
Martinez, R. Lat Stud (2016) 14: 11. doi:10.1057/lst.2015.48
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Special Issue: Neoliberalism and Latinos


The neoliberal movement and its policies of the past four decades have negatively impacted the entire nation. This essay provides an overview of American neoliberalism and its elements, with particular emphasis on how it is imbued with and frames powerful racist currents, and how it has impacted Latinos. An examination of the impact of neoliberalism on Latinos shows persistently high levels of poverty, declining household income and declining levels of wealth. Neoliberal policies that reduce funding for education lead to program cuts that negatively impact Latinos. In K-12, bilingual education programs and other multicultural education programs continue to be under attack. Undocumented immigrants are increasingly incarcerated in private prisons and civil and human rights generally continue to be diminished by practices allowed under the Patriot Act. The essay concludes with a critical discussion of neoliberalism and the public good in American democracy.


Latinos neoliberalism ideology individualism limited government 

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rubén O Martinez
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing

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