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Classical Liberalism in Guatemala

ECON JOURNAL WATCH 12.3 (2015): 460-478

Abstract: We give an account of classical liberalism in Guatemala, its successes, failures, and main figures. Classical liberalism is a young tradition in the country and relatively small. The three most important organizations are Universidad Francisco Marroquín, the Center for Economic and Social Studies (CEES), and the Center for National Economic Research (CIEN). The most important individual for liberalism in Guatemala has been Manuel Ayau, who passed away in 2010.

Filed under: Ciencia Política, Economía, Historia, Sociedad

Venezuela: Without Liberals, There Is No Liberalism

ECON JOURNAL WATCH 12.3 (2015): 375-399

Abstract: The Venezuelan economy evolved from a growth miracle (1920–1957) to a growth disaster (1960 to the present). This paper describes the institutional collapse behind this reversal of fortunes. To cast light on Venezuela’s U-turn we provide a brief historical account, and we discuss the role played by educational organizations, the media and culture, and political and entrepreneurial elites in the destruction of liberal institutions. We also describe the most prominent liberal reactions to the pervasive institutional decay endured by the country. Finally, a major lesson emerges from this case study: illiberal mindsets coupled with the absence of leadership bring dire consequences for the people’s standard of living.

Filed under: Ciencia Política, Economía, Historia, Sociedad

La Ciudadanía Política del Liberalismo: Límites y Alcances de un Proyecto Político Modernizador

CIENCIA POLÍTICA 11 (2011): 82-100

El período del federalismo en Colombia abarcó cerca de un cuarto de siglo y estuvo acompañado por un conjunto de reformas económicas, políticas y sociales orientadas por el liberalismo e implementadas desde el Estado, cuyo objetivo fundamental estuvo encaminado a superar las condiciones que le impedían al país alcanzar el desarrollo económico y la modernidad política. Parte de las reformas emprendidas estuvieron orientas a generar una mayor apertura de la economía al mercado internacional y a reducir el poder de la Iglesia Católica en los distintos ámbitos de la vida nacional. En su ideal de alcanzar la modernidad política, el liberalismo se preocupó por promover también la construcción de una sociedad secular, liberal e ilustrada, que garantizará los objetivos fundamentales propuestos y se convirtiera en garante de la defensa y continuidad del proyecto liberal. El objetivo de este artículo es analizar las vicisitudes del proyecto político modernizador del liberalismo, que tuvo como eje central la construcción de ciudadanos durante el radicalismo liberal. Si bien la ciudadanía se fue construyendo desde los marcos legales y las iniciativas del gobierno, fueron fundamentales también las ideas y los intereses de otros actores sociales involucrados como la Iglesia y los partidos políticos, así como la apropiación, el uso o el rechazo que establecieron, frente al proyecto modernizador, los distintos actores sociales.


Filed under: Filosofía, Historia, Religión, Sociedad

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