This panel engages with Latin America as region of 'emerging economies' and questions around the implications of economic growth for thinking about inequality, social policy, and development theory and practice.
This panel engages with Latin America as region of 'emerging economies'. Latin America is now considered middle income by the World Bank (2011), and most countries are categorised as upper middle income. The rise of countries formerly perceived as being in the periphery or semi-periphery of global economic and political power has implications for thinking about international development, and urges us to examine how, why and in what ways countries are doing better. Considering that Latin America has been central to development paradigms and processes such as dependency, bureaucratic authoritarianism, and debt crises, we should ask what contemporary Latin American development processes have to offer in thinking about development policy and theory more general. At the same time, Latin America also continues to be one of the regions with highest inequality ratios, so it is relevant to ask what kind of development issues arise from the assumptions embedded in the label emerging economies. Policy and scholarly contributions around sustainable growth, poverty, equality, and governance associated with processes of growth should be examined in light of broader social and political processes. Panelists are invite to engage with these debates from any disciplinary perspective, country expertise, and/or thematic approach.