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

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JournalThird World Quarterly
DateAccepted/In press - 3 Oct 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 7 Nov 2017
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)1-18
Early online date7/11/17
Original languageEnglish


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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  • care provision, disability, Ecuador, Human rights, Latin America, post-neoliberalism, Uruguay, welfare

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