The Covid-19 pandemic is one of the most serious challenges the world has faced in recent times. Alongside the massive cost to human life, the world is witnessing an economic downfold that will severely impact majorities of populations for years to come. In Latin America, the pandemic strikes after five years of slow economic growth, and according to ECLAC, more than 30 million people could fall into poverty in the absence of effective policies that would protect or substitute income flows to vulnerable groups.
In this context, choosing policy priorities can become highly political, and the pandemic has uncovered some of the flaws in this process. But it has also created an opportunity to rethink policy priorities in order to reduce inequalities.
Does the cost of democratic representation result in particular classes having more influence on policy-making to their benefit? Has the democratic process failed in its purpose to achieve more equal societies? How can democracy support solutions to economic and social inequality in Latin America?
Join us as we bring together academics and policy makers to discuss the dimensions of inequality and democracy in Latin America, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford)
- Santiago Levy (Brookins Institute)
- Rebeca Grynspan (SEGIB)
- Luis Felipe López-Calva (UNDP)
- Nora Lustig (Tulane University)