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Ulysses, the Sirens and the Art of Navigation: Political and Technical Rationality in Latin America

Javier Santiso () and Laurence Whitehead

No 256, OECD Development Centre Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: The paper focuses on relations between experts and politicians in Latin America. It is divided into three parts. The first outlines the distinctive features of the political economy of expertise in Latin America. This provides the context to the second part, which focuses on the analysis of cognitive institutions that produce applied economic policy knowledge in the region, and the formation of policy-making epistemic communities. In order to provide a mapping of these institutions we focused on a taxonomy based on ... Le travail présenté démêle les relations étroites dans les pays en développement entre la rationalité politique et la rationalité technique. Cette question est centrale en particulier en Amérique latine, région sur laquelle se centre l’analyse, où les débordements idéologiques passés et présents tendent à éclipser la rationalité technique. A ce jour aucun exercice de cartographie exhaustive des institutions cognitives, produisant de la rationalité économique, appliquée et applicable à la conduite politique d’un pays latino-américain, n’a été engagé. Le présent travail est en ce sens...

Date: 2006-09-01
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