Welcome to a New Age of Big(ger) Government in Latin America

By Patricio Navia

The region’s public sector will grow after the pandemic – and the temptation to undo market-friendly policies will be hard to resist.

There are few certainties about what post-pandemic Latin America will look like But it’s a safe bet that an era of big government is near The deficiencies in the provision of social services and public health infrastructure exposed by COVID-19 have already prompted politicians across the region to promise to improve and expand state capacity That may well be a good thing: Stronger, more comprehensive public health systems are long overdue, and if developed in the right way would help make Latin American societies healthier and more stable, productive and developed Unfortunately, few...

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