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As the new global order emerged in the aftermath of World War II, international institutions took up the dilemmas of what began to be called “development” and “underdevelopment.” Bolivia became an early test case for the United Nations Technical Assistance Administration, which in 1949 produced a country report based on a mission led by the Canadian offcial Hugh Keenleyside. The problem for the un mission was to understand how the country could be so poor when it possessed such great economic potential, given its rich endowment of natural resources. After visiting the country, the mission determined that Bolivia’s political and...

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