Privileges That Deny Rights: Extreme inequality and the hijacking of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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  EXTREME INEQUALITY  AND THE HIJACKING OF DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN Privilegesthat deny rights  Pr iv ileges  that Deny  R ights  EXTREME INEQUALITY  AND THE HIJACKING OF DEMOCRACY  IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN - September 2015 - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  “Acahualinca”, Nicaragua. Photo: © Róger Antonio Ramírez Romero | OXFAM  content 1. EXTREME CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH, EXTREME INEQUALITY - Income, wealth, land and patriarchy: the foundations of inequality and the concentration of wealth 2. INEQUALITY AND THE HIJACKING OF DEMOCRACY - Public policies and rules custom-made for the richest 3. EXTRACTIVISM, PRIVATIZATION AND OTHER CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THE MODEL 4. PUBLIC POLICIES FOR TACKLING INEQUALITY - Policies that promote gender equality- Fiscal policies 5. IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THE RULES
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