Reformas para la cohesión social en América Latina. Panorama antes de la crisis

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Alicia Bárcena and Narcís Serra [ed.]

The book Reforms for social cohesion in Latin America. The outlook in the face of the crisis contains all the addresses presented at the seminar “Social cohesion and reforms in Latin America", held in Barcelona on 26-27 October 2007. The seminar, which brought together economists and other leading academics, represented an opportunity to reflect and debate both the situation and the most suitable policies for achieving sustained, fair economic development in the region. The book tackles different elements of social and economic policies closely linked with social cohesion, such as tax reform, educational policy and the labour market, all of which are crucial to progress in social cohesion, which is the central pillar of any long-term development strategy. Furthermore, the book provides an in-depth examination of social prevention systems, such as pension systems and health protection. In short, this is a valuable monographic study for all those seeking to understand the current state of the different determining aspects of social cohesion in the region, as well as to analyse some of the existing proposals for making progress in the promotion of a more cohesive society.

This book, which has been jointly published by ECLAC, CIDOB and SEGIB, is the result of these institutions’ desire to make available to a wider public a work offering substantial food for thought on the need to make economic growth more compatible with social cohesion. It also represents the third volume in a series that contains the contents of the Ibero-American Development Agenda (ADI) seminars, which have been held ever since the Ibero-American Summit in Salamanca in 2005.

In the words of the volume's publishers: “Latin America needs more social cohesion in order to find its way out of the crisis, at the same time as it needs more opportunities, more inclusion and more development to achieve higher levels of cohesion. Once again, the keys to Latin America’s future development lie in the dynamic between growth and cohesion".

ISBN: 978-84-92511-13-6

Volumen 3

399 pp.

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>> Prólogo. Alicia Bárcena y Narcís Serra

José Luis Machinea, Osvaldo Kacef y Jürgen Weller
América Latina en el 2007: situación económica y del mercado de trabajo.

Christian Courtis
Cohesión social, políticas sociales y derechos sociales Ideas para una construcción garantista

Ernesto Ottone
Bienestar y estar bien: un enfoque renovado de la cohesión social en América Latina

Javier Santiso y Pablo Zoido
Legitimidad fiscal y consolidación democrática en América Latina

Juan C. Gómez-Sabaini
El panorama tributario de América Latina y la equidad distributiva: ¿mito o realidad?

Omar Arias
Políticas para la acumulación de capital humano en América Latina y el Caribe

Sebastian Galiani
Mercado de trabajo y reforma laboral en América Latina

Víctor E. Tokman
De las reformas del consenso a las reformas para el empleo estable y protegido

Juan Yermo
La nueva encrucijada de los sistemas de pensiones de América Latina

Mario Marcel
Proteccion social y sistemas de pensiones en America Latina. Nuevos desafíos, nuevas respuestas

Daniel Titelman
Protección social en salud: una agenda pendiente