The author has used the most recent scholarship to impressive effects.
No one could read it without learning a great deal or without having her conception of the course of history radically challenged.
Brilliantly constructed thesis, and exhilarating read and fresh perspective on history civil society and importance of civic attitude.
The key of the argument is as follows:
For decades several regions of the world such Latin America and Eastern Europe had suffered from impostor dictatorships and poverty, caused by statism. The Fast track globalization (FTG) process which begun in the 1980s is the main force to counteract the detrimental phenomenon of statism. FTG is based on the rise of rapidly expanding free market. The free trade of goods, communications and services provides the context for the rise of civic society.
The fast-track globalization has facilitated the flows of funds among “for-profit organizations” many of them donating profit to NGOs seeking to foster change in the developing world. The relationship among those elements have detonated a process of rapid change in the developing world, as we have seen in the 21st Century.
Time as given the reason to Olga Lazin's ideas because today, despite new and complex problem the regions she focused her research has evolved according the line she predicted. With some exceptions Latin America and Eastern Europe countries have passed by process of democratization and liberalization, reducing poverty and inequality.
It is worth to stress that the problems still persisting and the dangers to regression are explained mainly because of not going further in the direction of reforming the law according to US model on decentralization to expand civic action and philanthropy.
The book focuses on three national experiences, or test cases: The US, Romania and Mexico.
It is worth to have that useful analysis in mind because is pivotal to understand the current social crisis afflicting Mexico.
For many reason Lazin's book remains as a benchmark for studies of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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