- Mar 18, 2008
I would also point out that, in Finland, the government owns all or majority parts of all liquor stores, the airline, the major oil refining and distribution company, the electric companies which generate and distribute power, and has a much tighter control on suppliers and subcontractors to the government than Argentina- mostly segments are owned and run by the supermanagerial class for profit in Argentina.Finland actually has one of the highest expenditures of social spending as percentage of GDP in the world. That's about as far from neoliberalism as you can get. The US is not even in the top 20, and no Latin American nation is even in the top 30. Most developed nations, except the US, more closely follow the Keynesian economic model, not neoliberalism, which basically combines free markets with a strong welfare state.
By any standard, Argentina even before Macri was far more neoliberal than Argentina.
The term neoliberal does not mean open borders to trade- obviously the weird Peronist heritage of Argentina is heavily focused on restricting imports and taxing exports, which is rare, globally. But that economic isolationsim- the reason you cant just transfer money from bank to bank, order from Amazon, or buy an iphone for a reasonable price- does not instantly mean that Macri was not feathering the beds of his peers. He certainly was.