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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin AmericaRethinking Participation and Representation$
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Douglas A. Chalmers, Carlos M. Vilas, Katherine Hite, Scott B. Martin, Kerianne Piester, and Monique Segarra

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198781837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198781830.001.0001

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Can a Leftist Government Make a Difference? the Frente Amplio Administration of Montevideo, 1990–1994

Can a Leftist Government Make a Difference? the Frente Amplio Administration of Montevideo, 1990–1994

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(p.447) 18 Can a Leftist Government Make a Difference? the Frente Amplio Administration of Montevideo, 1990–1994
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The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America
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Peter Winn

Lilia Ferro‐Clérico

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198781830.003.0018

A newly reconstructed left movement within the Frente Amplio coalition took power in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1990 under the charismatic leadership of Tabaré Vázquez. It carried out extensive programmes working with the poor, including street vendors, garbage collectors, and squatters. It also initiated a programme of administrative deconcentration and political decentralization. These steps showed strength and new thinking for the left, breaking with both the socialists and the welfare state orientation characteristics of Uruguay known as ‘battlismo’. But the programme ran into obstacles. Some of these were from neo‐liberal conservatives, but others were from the older members of the leftist parties that made up the Frente. The article ends with an analysis of the various possible lessons for the left that this experience presents.

Keywords:   decentralization, deconcentration, Frente Amplio, Montevideo, popular participation, progressive policies, Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez

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