"Lewis presents the third in a trilogy that includes The Crisis of Argentine Capitalism, which explored the political economy of Argentina from the late 19th century through the rule of Juan Peron, and Guerillas and Generals: The 'Dirty War' in Argentina, which concentrated on the causes and effects of political violence in the 1970s. In this volume, he returns to the political economy focus of the first volume, discussing the efforts of President Menem and President De la Rua to push through free trade policies and criticizing the populist policies of the later governments of Cristina and Nestor Kirchner, who he argues seek to 'extend state control to all aspects of the economy and to redistribute income derived from the most efficient sector, agriculture,' and threaten to repeat the mistakes of Peron, who Lewis blames for the chronic 'stagflation' (stagnant production and persistent inflation) that plagued the Argentine economy through the 1980s." - Reference & Research Book News "Lewis provides a first-rate analysis of the political processes leading to the implosion of the Argentine economy in December 2001... Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - Choice
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About the Author
Paul H. Lewis is professor emeritus of political science at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. He is the author of nine books, including the Praeger's Guerrillas and Generals: The "Dirty War" in Argentina and Latin Fascist Elites: The Mussolini, Franco, and Salazar Regimes.