It is now 200 years since political independence was gained in Latin America in a long drawn out process between 1810 and 1822. Are we now embarking on a process of economic independence for the region perhaps led by Brazil? Is Latin America, a region that emerged relatively well from the 2008/09 recession, now a new engine of global growth? Then, if this is a global region moving ‘beyond dependency’ is it also moving ‘beyond democracy’ in the sense of consolidating political democracy through genuine social democratization? After examining the various economic, political, social and cultural facets of contemporary Latin America we need to look to the future in an open-ended way.
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