National Reports

08/12/2013 -
Edition 525

The delayed arrival of the Gendarmerie to appease the civil unrest in Cordoba led to chaos causing a deep social disruption. This is another piece of evidence showing that enlarging the public sector without strategic sight and poor management does not lead to better public services, but rather in many cases it makes them worse. For the public sector to operate promoting quality of life it has to stop being the scope where different stakeholders struggle for the appropriation of public funds.

24/11/2013 -
Edition 523

The extraordinary growth of public spending in recent years is the main cause of high inflation and exchange rate volatility. Curiously the areas which are the main contributors to the fiscal overflow and need more reforms are not directly affected by the cabinet change. Without a revision of public spending decisions, which are currently made with an important share of demagogy, improvisation and little responsibility, it will not be possible to stop the loss of reserves and stimulate the economic growth.

17/11/2013 -
Edition 522

Improvisation, opportunism and lack of professionalism in the management of important issues for the future of the country, as the drug policy, show the deep institutional degradation suffered by Argentina. The contrast with Chile is remarkable, where political dynamics have successfully placed the country on a path of sustained economic and social progress in democracy. The Chile’s strategies are not directly transferable to Argentina, but there is much to learn from this small neighboring country. 

10/11/2013 -
Edition 521

Through a norm thought to be used only in case of emergency –a decree of necessity and urgency– the government made ​​explicit that the public spending is growing out of control. The fiscal deficit is one of the main causes of inflation, which put pressure on the exchange rate. Even with some mitigating measures, such as the introduction of a multiple exchange rate system, the pending problem is still the high fiscal deficit. Since it´s no longer possible to increase the tax burden, the only solution is to reduce subsidies to public and private companies.   

03/11/2013 -
Edition 520

The initial permissiveness for a single economic group to achieve an exaggerated media concentration and the subsequent untimely interventions aimed at correcting this distortion, demonstrate the absence of a modern and effective state.  The cost of this institutional degradation is enormous.  For this reason, a broad political agreement among all political parties should be reached to rebuild the state with emphasis on sound designs of regulatory frameworks, independent control bodies and professional staff.     


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