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By Howard Bowman, Christophe Labiouse

This publication collects jointly refereed models of papers offered on the 8th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop (NCPW 8). NCPW is a well-established workshop sequence that brings jointly researchers from assorted disciplines, equivalent to man made intelligence, cognitive technological know-how, laptop technological know-how, neurobiology, philosophy and psychology. The articles are focused at the topic of connectionist modelling of cognition, conception and emotion.

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We will see now how such issues have appeared during the third phase of modernity in Latin America. A negative backdrop must be pointed out before we tackle these issues. The conception of freedom has to a great extent suffered the impact of neoliberalism, in particular with respect to its link with equality and citizenship. More room for the exercise of choice in some domains, due to the decline of personal forms of domination and less state intervention, has arisen but has been strongly counteracted by the stark grip of the market and the increasing inequalities economic and social policies produced in the last decades.

Next the transformations of the judiciary will be accounted for. A further section will dwell upon a number of countries that will furnish more concrete elements for the discussion. Concluding reflections will follow, resuming a more general view of the third phase of modernity. The importance of “real abstractions” will be reaffirmed, but an orientation to the concrete, that is, to definitions that take into account more directly specific individuals and collectivities, will come to the fore. The decline of the working class as a more or less unified and homogeneous collectivity underlies much of these developments, implying the end or the reshaping—in the amazing Mexican case—of corporatism.

In Mexico, clientelism has been also an important topic of debate ever since, but more recently especially (though not only) with reference to the National Solidarity Program (PRONASOL), with compensatory policies that should operate as a buffer T&F Proofs: Not For Distribution Law, Rights, and Justice 19 in the face of the neoliberal reforms implemented in the 1990s, buttressing also the (eventually frustrated) permanence of the PRI in power. Some even speak of a “semi-clientelist” model, which combines targeted benefits with control of social organizations created to deliver and oversee them plus the electoral exploitation of the outcomes of the program, or of an uneasy compromise, which the World Bank, short of any other solution, has accepted, between general, quasi universalistic programs and targeted social policy.

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