• Christopher Abel
  • Colin M. Lewis
Part of the St Antony’s/Macmillan Series book series


This introductory chapter performs four functions. First, it identifies the principal debates about welfare in Latin America. Second, it pinpoints pressing issues of welfare, poverty and development, and places them in their historical context. Throughout, the chapter argues the case for a revised approach to the problems posed by poverty and for a pragmatic openness to experimentation in confronting them. Finally, it sets out the structure of the volume, indicating the originality of chapters.


Social Security Welfare State Informal Sector General Taxation Welfare Provision 
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  • Colin M. Lewis

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