The latest adjustments in utilities tariffs, high inflation since December 2017, and wage increases delayed or with patterns below 15%, generated unrest in society over an economic economy. iacute; it does not finish starting. The initial intention of the opposition was to show Cambiemos away from society's needs and expose its lack of politics. But what conclusion can we draw after almost two and a half years of government?
The train of joy does not stop in Venezuela
The electoral proposal in 2015 was to change so as not to continue with a model that, if deepened, would turn us into Venezuela . Once the elections were won, it was decided not to show the seriousness of the country's economic situation and to begin gradually the process of change.
There was in the government a desire for social conscience , to the point of such, that it was proposed to pay taxes and to deal with adjustment with joy . While the “CEO's” managed the public to avoid the crisis, the lack of economic results collapsed the thesis of joy. “ Ingratitude,” that seems to be the first lesson in politics.
The opposition celebrated social discontent without perceiving that during these years it was the victim of its own speech. While one was heard to say in a derogatory way: “It's all Ceo's but they don't know anything about politics! ”, the Government was moving rapidly in consolidating its objectives. “ Ceopolitics” imposed its planning and strategy. Raising objectives, managing, measuring and evaluating became the pillars of the “professionalization” and transformation of state structures. “Our scheme works,” would seem to be the second lesson.
No bridge for economic conversion
For the Government, there is no other way but to seek a path of economic growth that would allow the reduction of the fiscal deficit. But after two years where economic variables do not impact positively on the pockets of Argentines, updating tariffs and reducing spending is becoming increasingly expensive.
Over the months (trial and error by means), the Government was adjusting its strategy to advance the reduction of subsidies. We left behind the desire that the technical reason (Excel spreadsheet) was enough argument to support the increases and the timing of the policy began to be handled.
On the external front, the fundamental pillar of “ceopolitics” , presidential diplomacy fails to impose itself beyond enthusiasm and initial recognition of the change of course. A resurgence of the “Strategy and Geopolitics” prevails in the world that does not favour the economic integration that our country needs. “Ultimately, people evaluate economic performance, not justifications”, could be the third lesson. oacute; n.
Argentine society is a citizen space that has been degrading for decades (by the right or left) and which is hardly able to meet the expectations of ceopolitics. It is not enough to identify that emerging from underdevelopment and recurrent poverty situations requires cultural change. Among those who defend “rights” and those seeking to “integrate” into the world, Argentina does not find its way. Some defend an ideology without practical possibilities and others defend practices of an ideology that is always implemented in a way that benefits a few. The path to the development of our country cannot start from a desire, but from recognizing and accepting our crude reality.
• Doctorado en Ciencia Política (UCA) • Postgrado sobre “Negocios en mercados emergentes” (EDI – India) • Presidente de la Fundación para la cooperación internacional ESEY • Ex Director Nacional de Relaciones Políticas e Institucionales