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Uruguay’s uncommon strengths and development dilemmas

Uruguay scores perfect tens on civil liberties and the electoral process in the World Bank’s rule of law index – matching Norway and New Zealand, and far outstripping its larger Latin American neighbors. The country’s internal stability is buttressed by an ambitious social welfare system. However, that presents Uruguay’s leaders with a nasty problem: how to reinvent the economy to keep financing an expensive state.

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