INSTITUTIONALIZING THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IN LATIN AMERICA

In order to develop a broader and deeper view of the institutionalization process of the Social Economy in Latin America we suggest the reading of José Luis Coraggio’s article “Institutionalizing the Social Economy in Latin America”, published by UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development). Observing more specifically the cases of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela, the author insists on the importance of the changes occurred during the last decade and reminds that the institutional evolution of those countries is very diverse. Nevertheless, he points some common features: “In Brazil and Argentina, the Social Economyand its institutions ariseas a further element of the social strategy andreintegration policies […]. In Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, the recent constitutional process incorporates the Social Economy as a central part of an institutional rupture, framed in a proposal for changing the prevalent regime of accumulation. In the case of Bolivia and Ecuador, this is a part of a wider proposal: to reverse the historical process of incomplete modernization and stop the trend touniformedproduction methods based on theideal prototype of the private or state-owned enterprise and of the worker proletarianization”.

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