The book " Towards a new social contract: Economic policies for comprehensive development in Latin America" contains the addresses made at the seminar organised in Barcelona in October 2006, and which brought together economists and other leading academics to reflect and debate the situation and the most suitable policies for achieving fair, sustained economic development in the region. The book tackles different components of economic policies, such as tax reform, public spending and social protection, and which represent basic elements for establishing a social contract capable of guaranteeing political stability and economic development in Latin America. Furthermore, more recent phenomena are examined, such as the link between property rights and the management of natural resources.
This new joint publication from ECLAC and the CIDOB Foundation (in collaboration with SEGIB, in this volume) is the second in a series that brings together the contents of the seminars of the Ibero-American Development Agenda (ADI), which were held within the Ibero-American Summit in Salamanca in 2005. This volume has been created as a point of reference in the field of development in Latin America. In the words of Mr Enrique Iglesias, the Ibero-American Secretary General, it represents an important effort to contribute to economic thought linked with Ibero-American summits. Iglesias believes that the message of the book is that in Latin America, a social contract is more possible now than ever before.