Liberalism and the good society in the Iberian world

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This article investigates the causes behind the limited success of neoliberal economic policies in the Iberian world. In addition to Latin America, the author includes Portugal, Spain, and the Philippines in the analysis. The author argues that, in the absence of strong liberal states able to enforce the rule of law, economic liberalization has failed, expanding inequalities rather than bequeathing prosperity. The article gives special attention to variations in the outcomes of liberalization that expose the limitations of cultural explanations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-72
Number of pages28
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


  • Iberian world
  • Latin American development
  • Liberal state
  • Neoliberal policies


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