Author: claudio-katz

Claudio Katz is a professor of economics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He blogs at katz.lahaine.org

  • Argentina: Macri’s Neoliberal Fantasies

    In the middle of his term, Argentinian president Mauricio Macri cannot hide the monumental abyss between his promises and reality. The promise was of an influx of dollars to lower inflation, with high growth, job creation, an entrepreneurial boom and eradication of social assistance. A drastic reduction of the fiscal deficit and a flow of … Keep reading »

  • Imperialism Today: A Critical Assessment of Latin American Dependency Theory

    Argentine Marxist Claudio Katz analyzes Marini’s work in light of contemporary developments in global capitalism. He assesses Marini’s attempt to understand and explain the initial developments in neoliberal globalization and suggests some ways in which dependency theory might now be renewed and updated. Keep reading »

  • The Crisis in Venezuela

    The Left and Venezuela During the last two months Venezuela has been faced with a terrible wave of violence. It has already resulted in more than 60 deaths along with looted schools, burned public buildings, destroyed public transportation and emptied hospitals. The major media, however, simply engage in a running stream of gruesome denunciations of the … Keep reading »

  • Is South America’s ‘Progressive Cycle’ At an End?

    In this ambitious and compelling overview of the strategic and programmatic issues at stake in South America today, Argentine political economist Claudio Katz expands on many of the observations he made in an earlier interview while critically analyzing contrasting approaches to development that are being pursued or proposed. Translation from the Spanish and endnotes are … Keep reading »

  • A New Political Situation in Latin America: What Lies Ahead?

    Two recent events – the second-round victory on November 22 of right-wing candidate Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s presidential election, and the December 6 victory of the right-wing Democratic Unity Roundtable,[1] winning two thirds of the seats in Venezuela’s National Assembly elections – have radically altered the political map in South America. In the following interview, … Keep reading »

  • Release of Cuban Five Opens New Chapter in Cuba-U.S. Relations

    The release December 17 of the remaining three of five Cubans held for 15 years in U.S. prisons is an historic victory for the Cuban people, their government and supporters around the world. Ramón Labañino, Geraldo Hernández and Antonio Guerrero joined Fernando González and René González, released earlier, in an emotional reception in Havana with … Keep reading »