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Social Panorama of Latin America 2000–2001

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The social situation in Latin America in the late 1990s was influenced by the slowdown and greater volatility of economic growth. Despite the economic recovery seen in 2000, the effects of the contraction were felt in many countries of the region. This publication devotes special attention to poverty trends and rates in the late 1990s, inequality in income distribution, the employment and unemployment situation, the countries' progress in raising social expenditure and the distributive effects of such increases. In it's final chapter, this publication reviews the Governments' agenda in relation to family issues. The analyses of each of the topics covered in the five chapters that make up the Social Panorama combine an examination of the latest trends in the main social indicators with an assessment of the trends seen throughout the 1990s.

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Family-Oriented policies and programmes

As this new century begins, family–oriented policies still lack a specific direction, a well demarcated sphere of action and a clearly defined basis of legitimacy. In designing such policy measures, policy–makers have to deal with a variety of stumbling blocks, including the trade–offs existing between family and individual interests and the difficulties involved in balancing individual autonomy and liberty with family responsibilities. Emphasis on the legal dimension of programmes in this area appears to be leading towards a new concept of the family within a context of human rights.

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