Imperialism and NGOs in Latin America

Authors

  • James Petras

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-049-07-1997-11_2

Keywords:

History, Imperialism

Abstract

By the early 1980s the more perceptive sectors of the neoliberal ruling classes realized that their policies were polarizing the society and provoking large-scale social discortent. Neoliberal politicians began to finance and promote a parallel strategy "from below," the promotion of "grassroots" organization with an "anti-statist" ideology to intervene among potentially conflictory classes, to create a "social cushion." These organizations were financially dependent on neoliberal sources and were directly involved in competing with socio-political movements for the allegiance or local leaders and activist communities. By the 1990s these organizations, described as "nongovernmental," numbered in the thousands and were receiving close to four billion dollars world-wide.

Published

1997-12-02

Issue

Section

Articles