Probably no region's economists have had greater public visibility or greater impact on regional and national public policy than Latin America's and no region has been more directly affected by the spread of US economics. Economists in the Americas joins a small but important comparative literature on economics as a profession and is the first comparative treatment of professional economists in the United States and Latin America.
A multidisciplinary group of scholars discusses the last sixty years of shifting trends in economics in seven countries in the Western Hemisphere - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and the United States. The chapters address the history of economics in the Americas, the role of economists in politics and policy-making, economics education and competing paradigms in the field. This collection points to the interconnections among the national cases, the forging and breakdown of consensus around state and market dominance, the transnational diffusion of economic ideas and professional norms, as well as the embrace and rejection of an increasingly Americanized professional identity among Latin American economists.
The book will be of interest to policymakers and scholars interested in the comparative history and sociology of economics, development, public policy, international affairs, political science and Latin American studies.
Edited by Veronica Montecinos, Professor of Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University, US and John Markoff, Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, History and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, US
Contents: Preface 1. Economists in the Americas: Convergence, Divergence and Connection Veronica Montecinos, John Markoff and Maria Jose Alvarez-Rivadulla 2. The Internationalization of Ideas in Argentina's Economics Profession Glen Biglaiser 3. Economists in the Brazilian Government: From Developmentalist State to Neoliberal Policies Maria Rita Loureiro 4. Economics: The Chilean Story Veronica Montecinos 5. Colombia: Economics, Economic Policy and Economists Luis Bernardo Florez Enciso 6. From Nationalism to Neoliberalism: Conflict and Consensus in the History of Mexican Economics Sarah Babb 7. The United States: An Economist's Economy Marion Fourcade 8. Economics, Economists and Politics in Uruguay Adolfo Garce 9. Epilogue: A Glance Beyond the Neoliberal Moment Veronica Montecinos and John Markoff Index