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New directions in welfare: rights-based social policies in post-neoliberal Latin America

New directions in welfare: rights-based social policies in post-neoliberal Latin America
New directions in welfare: rights-based social policies in post-neoliberal Latin America
What happens to the politics of welfare in the global South when neoliberal values are questioned? How is welfare re-imagined and re-enacted when governments seek to introduce progressive change? Latin America provides an illustration and a valuable entry point to debates about ‘interruptions’ of neoliberalism and the changing nature of social policy. Drawing on examples of disability policies in Ecuador and care provision in Uruguay, we argue that there is a ‘rights turn’ in welfare provision under the left that reflects a recognition that previous welfare models left too many people out, ethically and politically, as well as efforts to embed welfare more centrally in new patterns of respect for socio-economic and identity-based human rights. Given Latin America’s recent contestation of neoliberal development as well as its history of sometimes dramatic welfare shifts, the emergence of rights-based social provision is significant not just for the region but also in relation to global struggles for more equitable governance.
Latin America, post-neoliberalism, care provision, Disability, Human Rights, Welfare, Ecuador, Uruguay
0143-6597
1-18
Riggirozzi, Pia
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Grugel, Jean
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Riggirozzi, Pia
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Grugel, Jean
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Riggirozzi, Pia and Grugel, Jean (2017) New directions in welfare: rights-based social policies in post-neoliberal Latin America. Third World Quarterly, 1-18. (doi:10.1080/01436597.2017.1392084).

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What happens to the politics of welfare in the global South when neoliberal values are questioned? How is welfare re-imagined and re-enacted when governments seek to introduce progressive change? Latin America provides an illustration and a valuable entry point to debates about ‘interruptions’ of neoliberalism and the changing nature of social policy. Drawing on examples of disability policies in Ecuador and care provision in Uruguay, we argue that there is a ‘rights turn’ in welfare provision under the left that reflects a recognition that previous welfare models left too many people out, ethically and politically, as well as efforts to embed welfare more centrally in new patterns of respect for socio-economic and identity-based human rights. Given Latin America’s recent contestation of neoliberal development as well as its history of sometimes dramatic welfare shifts, the emergence of rights-based social provision is significant not just for the region but also in relation to global struggles for more equitable governance.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 October 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 November 2017
Published date: November 2017
Keywords: Latin America, post-neoliberalism, care provision, Disability, Human Rights, Welfare, Ecuador, Uruguay

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Local EPrints ID: 415475
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/415475
ISSN: 0143-6597
PURE UUID: 0aa4846c-3e7d-48a8-a0db-85f229295942
ORCID for Pia Riggirozzi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5809-890X

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Date deposited: 10 Nov 2017 17:31
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 04:07

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Author: Pia Riggirozzi ORCID iD
Author: Jean Grugel

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