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Opportunities and Challenges for Social Policy in Latin America

6 March 2014

Latin America is undergoing a profound transformation of its social policies and of the very concept of social citizenship. It is in this context and these challenges that the possibility of a new social citizenship based on robust public goods, expansion of merit goods and universality of entitlements emerges. In order to craft truly universal social policies narrow corporatism and restricted targeting - and the political economy they sustain - have to be confronted as well. If this is achieved then, popular-­middle class alliance can be forged; a distributional coalition that will in turn give political support and economic feasibility to a path of prosperity and increased equality of opportunity and outcome. Read paper


Fernando Filgueira is Senior Researcher at Information and Social Studies Centre of Uruguay (CIESU).

This paper is based on Dr. Filgueira’s presentation at the EU-LAC Foundation's discussion forum “Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of changes: Opportunities and challenges for the EU”, which took place in Berlin on the 6th of March 2014.

Fernando Filgueira
Social Models